Hosta 'Winter Snow'

This cultivar was registered by Jim Anderson of Winterberry Farms in Georgia in 2003 as a tissue culture sport of H. 'Sum and Substance'. The giant size plant grows to 33 inches high by 82 inches wide with wavy foliage. Its pale lavender flowers bloom starting in late July followed by viable seeds.

According to The Hostapedia by Mark Zilis (2009), "  the most impressive of all white-edged 'Sum and Substance' sports."

The New Encyclopedia of Hostas by Diana Grenfell (2009) states: "Vigorous, but takes several seasons to establish before assuming a good growth rate. Becomes slightly smaller than the parent. A worthy addition to the many marginal sports of H. 'Sum and Substance'...The leaf surface is lustrous and has the appearance of being oiled. The margin is very attractively fluted. A quite distinctive sport differing in the surface texture and pure white marginal variegation of the leaf."



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. 'Parhelion' and H. 'Winter Snow'.


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H. 'Sum Upper Crust'

  1. H. 'Parhelion'
  2. H. 'Summer Rainbow'

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