One way of keeping track of all the thousands of different
cultivars is to register them with
The American Hosta Society which acts as the
International Registrar for the Genus Hosta.
Unfortunately, many new hostas are never registered which
may lead to a fair amount of confusion for the gardening
When a hosta
cultivar is registered, the form asks for the name of
the person who: 1. Originated the cultivar i.e. hybridized
it, found it, etc.; 2. Named the cultivar; 3. Introduced it
into distribution; and 4. Registered it. In most cases, the
answer to all 4 is the same name. However, there are times when
all 4 or any combination of the names may be different.
The key to registration is that
the registered plant is the "official" host of that name and
technically may not be used for any other plant.