Hosta 'Viette's Ghost'

A sport of H. 'Viette's Yellow Edge', this non-registered cultivar comes from Dr. Ralph (Herb) Benedict of Michigan. The mound becomes 19 inches high and 42 inches wide with slightly wavy, slightly corrugated foliage. Its pale lavender flowers start to bloom in late July.

According to The Hosta Handbook by Mark Zilis (2000), "Unlike 'Zodiac', the margin usually does not turn completely white, staying a shade of gold."

Note: This is one of many named but non-registered cultivars that were observed in Herb Benedict's garden and mentioned in The Hostapedia by Mark Zilis (2009). Herb was noted for not selling his hostas but many did make it into the market through other people who received them as gifts or bought them at an AHS auction. The only specimen of many of Herb's  plants, however, existed exclusively in his garden and are not available anywhere else. Herb  passed away in 2004. In recent years, Rod Kuenster of Iowa has registered several of these hostas on Herb's behalf.


These 2010 photos were taken at the Ralph (Herb) and Dorothy Benedict Hosta Hillside in Michigan, tours and vendors at The American Hosta Society National Convention in Minnesota, Wade and Gatton Nursery and Wade Botanical Gardens in Ohio, Toledo Botanical Garden and the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum.

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