Hosta 'Top of the Mornin'

Registered by Don Dean of Minnesota in 2017, this cultivar is a medium size (11 inches high by 23 inches wide) seedling of [(H. laevigata × ((H. 'Liberty Bell' × (H. 'Urajiro Hachijo' × H. pycnophylla)) × (H. 'Liberty Bell' × H. 'Pineapple Upsidedown Cake']. The yellow leaves are ovate, heavily corrugated, deeply wavy, moderately folded, slightly twisted and dull on top. Medium lavender flowers with slightly darker lavender centers bloom from mid-August into September on scapes around 30 inches tall. It sets viable seeds in rosy-red pods.

The registration materials state: "...Flared mound of bright yellow leaves early, slowly fading to light greenish-yellow late in the season. Saturated rosy-red petiole coloration extends into the leaf blade, and the same rosy-red scape contrasts well with the flowers...Bright yellow fades to greenish-yellow late in the season."

Mikiko Lockwood in an article on The Hosta Library titled, A Little About Japanese Hosta Terms defines the term urajiro as white-backed or white underside.


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