Hosta 'Vim and Vigor'
 

Registered by Walters Gardens, Inc. of Michigan in 2000, this is a sport of H. 'Sum and Substance'. This giant size (29 inches high) mound has shiny, dark green foliage that curls and is somewhat unruly. Pale lavender flowers bloom on 48 inch tall scapes from late July into August.

According to The Hostapedia by Mark Zilis (2009), "I'm sure that a properly fertilized, well-watered specimen of 'Vim and Vigor' will become much larger than what I've seen so far. In fact, it should exceed the dimensions of Van Wade's famous specimen of 'Sum and Substance'."

Similar cultivars include H. 'Grand Total', H. 'Green Gables' and H. 'Irish Hills'.

 

An article by Warren I. Pollack in The Hosta Journal  (2020 Vol. 51 No. 1) titled Doppelgänger Hostas: Fancy Name for Look-alike Hostas, included a long list of hostas which various hostaphiles, published articles or other sources have indicated "look" the same. Some of these are, in fact, the same plant with two or more different names. Others are hostas that vary in some minor trait which is not immediately discernable to the casual observer such as seasonal color variations, bloom traits, ploidy, etc. So, as Warren mentions, hostaphiles may differ as to the plants listed but then, their opinions are based on visual observations and interpretations.

 
H. 'Domaine de Courson', H. 'Grand Total' and H. 'Vim and Vigor'.



 
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