Hosta 'White Trouble'

This sport of H. 'Undulata Albomarginata' is a non-registered hosta from W. George Schmid of Georgia. The leaves emerge nearly white in the spring but turn a bit greener as the season progresses.

"Shiro Ohatsuki Gibōshi, the "white leafy-scaped hosta," is a white form that occurs from time to time as a mutation in cultivated H. 'Undulata Albomarginata' colonies. It has been reported in Japan and on several occasions in the United States. Its leaves are a uniform near-white with a scarcely noticeable greenish-yellow tint, the overall impression being white. A difficult subject in cultivation - hence the name - because of its lack of chlorophyll. The Japanese cultivate it in pots so it can be moved around. It makes a fine showing in spring when it requires shade, but later it must be grown in sun so that the white-streaked, green summer leaves can build up enough food for survival. Its other morphological features are like H. 'Undulata' except that the leaves are flat and, being a difficult subject, it is definitely for experienced collectors only."

Mikiko Lockwood in an article on The Hosta Library titled, A Little About Japanese Hosta Terms defines the term ohatsuki as leafy flower scape.

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