Hosta 'White Christmas'

The large white medial variegation of this hosta accounts for its name. It is a sport of H. 'Krossa Regal' which grows about 15 inches tall with a spread of 35 inches. Pale lavender flowers bloom from mid-July into August but are sterile and do not set seeds. This cultivar was registered by Peter Ruh in 1999 on behalf of Gus Krossa who introduced it around 1971.

Since this cultivar lacks chlorophyll in much of the leaf surface area, it produces thin leaf tissue. This is more easily damaged by hot, dry weather and may be more attractive to slugs. It also makes it a rather slow growing, tender plant overall.

The Hosta Handbook by Mark Zilis (2000), says that this is the stable form of a streaked plant once known as Hosta fortunei 'Krossa Variegated' that was available decades ago.

According to The Hostapedia by Mark Zilis (2009), "Probably its main claim to fame is being the mother plant of 'Night before Christmas' which has a much better growth rate."

The New Encyclopedia of Hostas (2009) states in its Hosta Hybrids for Connoisseurs chapter: "Origin: Stable form of H. 'Fortunei Kross'a Variegated'. Once thought to be a sport of H. 'Undulata'...Early to emerge. Careful siting is essential..Succeeds best in cooler regions and requires expert cultivation...The raceme is often surrounded by attractive ivory bracts, finely margined dark green."

       

 

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