Hosta 'Helonoides' Group

In 1991, the comprehensive book about hostas, The Genus Hosta by W. George Schmid, was published. It was the first intensively researched book about the entire genus which, until that time, suffered from a lot of misinformation and name confusion. As the result of his research, Schmid determined that several of the plants previously treated as separate, naturally occurring, species were, in fact, cultivated varieties, i.e. cultivars. created by nurseries or hybridizers.

This is one of the hosta groupings that was shifted from species to cultivar status. For more on this process ...

Species switched to cultivar status in 1991 include:

Hosta 'Helonoides Albopicta'

There has been some confusion as to the proper name of this small, white margined hosta. Schmid (1991) gave it the current name although Mark Zilis (2000) believes that it is the same plant as the classic H. 'Ginkgo Craig while the plant that was sold in the U.S. for many years as H. heloniodes albo-picta is actually H. rodefolia.".

This cultivar from Japan forms a small mound of narrow foliage and bears purple flowers in August.

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