Hosta 'X-ray'

Ron Simmering of Iowa registered this sport of H. 'Gold Edger' in 2000. Its small size (8 inches high by 15 inches wide) mound features foliage that begins with a white center in the spring that turns green by late summer. The leaf margin is heavily rippled. Bright purple flowers open in August on ivory colored scapes that have purple dots on variegated leafy bracts.

According to The Hostapedia by Mark Zilis (2009), "It should be noted that the originator feels this sported from 'Gold Edger'. Respectfully, I disagree based on its bright purple flowers in August (versus lavender in July for 'Gold Edger'), very narrow blade shape, and general overall appearance. I'm reasonably sure that this has a H. sieboldii background."

The Book of Little Hostas by Kathy and Michael Shadrack (2010) says: "Even in poor light, the light green leaves darken as the season progresses. The upright habit makes it an excellent plant for the back of a mixed collection in a large trough."

The New Encyclopedia of Hostas by Diana Grenfell (2009) states: "Produces exceptionally good flowers...Although the petiole is decumbent with the leaf blade, the variegation is barely visible. The attractive variegation is at its best early in the season, fading later to several shades of muted green."

  1. H. 'X-rated'

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