Hosta 'Crimson Desire'

Registered by Don Dean of Minnesota in 2017, this cultivar is a seedling of [(H. laevigata × ((H. 'Liberty Bell' × (H. 'Urajiro Hachijo' × H. pycnophylla)) × (H. 'Liberty Bell' × H. yingeri)))  × H. 'Pineapple Upsidedown Cake']. It is a medium size (15 inches high by 28 inches wide) hosta with dark green leaves. The foliage is broadly ovate, slightly twisted, wavy and slightly shiny on top. Medium lavender with darker lavender stripes bloom in August on purple-red, 41 inch tall scapes. It sets viable seeds in purple-red pods.

The registration materials state: "...Vigorous, heart shaped leaf with saturated purple-red petioles, scapes and pods. Petiole color extends into the leaf blade and the green bracts have a purple-red base. Flared mound offers a view of purple-red coloration from all vantage points.

Mikiko Lockwood in an article on The Hosta Library titled, A Little About Japanese Hosta Terms defines the term urajiro as white-backed or white underside.


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