"Identical" Hostas
 

There are probably over 10,000 named hostas out there in the world. Only a precious few people can accurately identify even a few thousand of them. Most of us are lucky if we can give the correct name to a couple of dozen different hostas when we see them in the garden.

One of the most knowledgeable hostaphiles, Mark Zilis, published a massive book in 2009 called The Hostapedia. In it, Mark shared his more than 30 years of study about the genus and its many, many cultivars. He has measured, photographed and recorded notes on over 7,000 hostas from hundreds of gardens and collections over that time. Perhaps the encyclopedic memory of Herb Benedict or the note cards of Peter Ruh could approach this knowledge but they are at the top of the charts.

Naturally, with so many hostas being developed and named by people around the temperate zones of the world, not all of them can be truly unique. In his book, Zilis gives his opinion on which cultivars are "identical" or the "same as" another. These are listed below.

He also points out where the same plant has duplicate names and we have covered these in another section.

bullet 'Akebono' = 'Tokudama Aureonebulosa'
bullet 'Amime Tachi' = 'Prize of Portland'
bullet 'Amber Tiara' = 'Grand Gold'
bullet 'American Angel' = 'Guardian Angel'
bullet 'American Prayers' = 'Little Aurora'
bullet 'Amy Aden Rim' = 'Amy Aden-Stable Form' = 'Fresh'
bullet 'Ani Mach' = 'Geisha'
bullet 'Anne' = 'Twilight'
bullet 'Antioch' = 'Moerheim' = 'Hadspen Rainbow' = 'Spinners'
bullet 'Arctic Rim' = 'Alaskan Halo' = 'Fortunei Hyacinthina Variegata' = 'Hyacinthina Variegata'
bullet 'Asami Improved' = 'Hakama Giboshi' = 'Helonioides Albopicta' = 'Bunchoko' = 'Excalibur' = 'Ginko Craig'
bullet 'Asahi Star' = 'Kinakafu Nagaba Mizu' = H. longissima aureomaculata
bullet 'August Moon' ='Kiwi Kaniere Gold'
bullet H. montanaAureomarginata’ = 'Mount Fuji'
bullet H. ventricosa 'Aureomarginata' = 'Gold Flush'
bullet H. sieboldiana 'Aureomarginata' = 'Frances Williams' = 'Maple Leaf'
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'Big Mama' = 'Groo Bloo'

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'Bill Brincka' = 'Koriyama' = 'Mishima Fukurin Koba' = 'Opipara' = 'Opipara Koriyama'

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'Black Velvet' = 'Satin Bloomers'

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'Blue Angel' = 'Green Angel'

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'Bobbie Sue' = 'White Necklace'

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'Bobbin' = 'Masquerade'

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'Bolt Out of the Blue' = 'Wooly Bully' = 'Deja Blu'

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'Borwick Beauty' = 'Color Glory'

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'Brother Ronald' = 'Hadspen White'

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'Bunchoko' = 'Asami Improved' = 'Hakama Giboshi' = 'Helonioides Albopicta' = 'Excalibur' = 'Ginko Craig'

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'Canadian Shield' = 'Devon Green' = 'Valerie’s Vanity'

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H. cathayana = ‘Lancifolia

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'Celery Satin' = 'Golden Scepter'

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'Chionea' = 'Ginbuchi Tachi' = 'Memories'

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H. clausa normalis = 'Soule’s Upright Green' =  H. clausa

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'Clearfork Delight' = 'Richland Charmer'

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'Color Glory' = 'Borwick Beauty'

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'Color Riot' = 'Undulata Univittata'

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'Counter Point' = 'Francee'

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'Decorata' = 'Thomas Hogg' = 'Undulata Albomarginata'

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'Deja Blu' = 'Wooly Bully' = 'Bolt Out of the Blue'

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'Devon Green' = 'Valerie’s Vanity' = 'Canadian Shield'

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'Doctor Reath' = 'Filagree'

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'Don Stevens Splashed' = 'Don Quixote'

bullet 'Dr. Hale' = 'Nathan Hale'
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'Electrifying' = 'Fortunei Hyacinthina'

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'Ellen' = H. nakaiana

bullet 'Ellerbroek' = 'Krossa L-7' = 'Holiday White'
bullet 'Elsley' = 'Ginko Craig'
bullet 'Emerald Coast' = 'Halcyon' (Green type) = 'Grunspecht'
bullet 'Empress Wu' = 'Xanadu Empress Wu'
bullet 'Excalibur' = 'Bunchoko' = 'Asami Improved' = 'Hakama Giboshi' = 'Helonioides Albopicta' = 'Ginko Craig'
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'Filagree' = 'Doctor Reath'

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'Fire and Brimstone' = 'Guardian Angel'

bullet 'Fortunei Albopicta' = Funkia aurea maculata
bullet 'Fortunei Hyacinthina' = 'Electrifying'
bullet 'Fortunei Hyacinthina Variegata' = 'Hyacinthina Variegata' = 'Alaskan Halo' = 'Arctic Rim'
bullet 'Fortunei Virdis' = 'Nancy Lindsay'
bullet 'Foxfire Gold Edgwood' = 'Foxfire Gold Wedgwood' = 'Foxfire Stone Pony'
bullet 'Francee' = 'Counter Point'
bullet 'Frances Williams' = 'Maple Leaf' = H. sieboldiana 'Aureomarginata'
bullet 'Fresh' = 'Amy Aden Rim' = 'Amy Aden-Stable Form'
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'Garnet Prince' = 'Polish Prince'

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'Geisha' = 'Ani Mach'

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'Ginbuchi Tachi' = 'Chionea' = 'Memories'

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'Ginko Craig' = 'Bunchoko' = 'Excalibur' = 'Elsley' = 'Hakama Giboshi' = 'Helonioides Albopicta' = 'Swarthmore Supreme'

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'Gold Flush' = H. ventricosa 'Aureomarginata'

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'Gold June Moon' = 'Shawnee Moon'

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'Gold Twist' = 'Golden Twist'

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'Golden Bullion' = 'Golden Medallion'

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'Golden Ruffles' = 'Golden Waffles'

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'Golden Tiara' = 'My Secret'

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'Golden Scepter' = 'Sunny Tiara' = 'Celery Satin'

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'Grand Gold' = 'Amber Tiara'

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'Green Angel' = 'Blue Angel'

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'Green August Moon' = 'Hub City'

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'Green Hornet' = 'Prince Caspian'

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'Green Squiggles' = 'Squiggles'

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'Grey Piecrust' = 'Green Piecrust'

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'Groo Bloo' = 'Big Mama'

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'Grunspecht' = Green leaf versions of 'Halcyon' = 'Emerald Coast'

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'Guardian Angel' = 'American Angel' = 'Fire and Brimstone'

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'Hadspen Rainbow' = 'Antioch'

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'Hadspen White' = 'Brother Ronald'

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'Hakama Giboshi' = 'Helonioides Albopicta' = 'Excalibur' = 'Bunchoko' = 'Asami Improved' = 'Ginko Craig'

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'Halcyon' (Green leaf versions) = 'Grunspecht' = 'Emerald Coast'

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'Hazel' = 'Spring Gold'

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'Hime Karafuto' = 'Princess of Karafuto'

bullet 'Hirao 59' = 'Hirao Splendor' = H. kikutii yakusimensis
bullet 'Hub City' = 'Green August Moon'
bullet 'Hyacinthina Variegata' = 'Alaskan Halo' = 'Arctic Rim' = 'Fortunei Hyacinthina Variegata'
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'Inaho' = 'Kisuji' = H. tardiva aureo-striata

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'Jacqueline' = 'Sharmon' = 'Marcia'

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'Jade Tiara' = 'Jade Scepter'

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'Janet' = 'Spotted Janet'

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'Japonica Blue' = H. montrealensis = 'Montreal'

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'Jester' = 'Joker'

bullet 'Just So Green' = 'Puck'
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'Kelsey' = ‘Lancifolia

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'Kifukurin Otome' = 'Orphan Annie'

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H. kikutii var polyneuron = H. kikutii yakusimensis = 'Hirao 59' = 'Hirao Splendor'

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'Kinakafu Nagaba Mizu' = 'Asahi Star' = H. longissima aureomaculata

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'Kisuji' = H. tardiva aureo-striata = 'Inaho'

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'Kiwi Kaniere Gold' = 'August Moon'

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'Knickerbocker' = 'Knickerbocker Holliday'

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'Koriyama' = 'Bill Brincka' = 'Mishima Fukurin Koba' =  'Opipara' = 'Opipara Koriyama'

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'Kotei' = 'Liberty'

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'Krossa L-7' = 'Ellerbroek'

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'Krossa Variegated' = 'White Christmas'

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Lancifolia = H. cathayana = 'Kelsey' = 'Pauline' = 'Sentinels'

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'Lakeside Dot Com' = 'Peanut'

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'Liberty' = 'Kotei'

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'Little Aurora' = 'American Prayers'

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'Little Patriot' = 'Little White Lines'

bullet 'Liverpool White' = 'Royal Standard'
bullet H. longissima aureomaculata = 'Asahi Star' or H. longissima 'Kinakafu Nagaba Mizu'
bullet 'Looking Glass' = 'Lakeside Looking Glass'
bullet 'Louisa' = 'Sea Gull'
bullet 'Lunar Magic' = 'Lunar Orbit'
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'Maple Leaf' = 'Frances Williams'

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'Marcia' = 'Sharmon' = 'Jacqueline'

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'Masquerade' = 'Bobbin'

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'Maytime' = 'Salem'

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'Mayville' = 'Paul’s Glory'

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'Memories' = 'Chionea' = 'Ginbuchi Tachi'

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'Mid Morning' = 'Paradigm'

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'Mishima Fukurin Koba' = 'Koriyama' = 'Bill Brincka' = 'Opipara' = 'Opipara Koriyama'

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'Miss Lucy' = 'Miss Lucille Simpers'

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'Moerheim' = 'Antioch' = 'Hadspen Rainbow'

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H. montrealensis = 'Japonica Blue' = 'Montreal'

bullet 'Mount Fuji' = H. montanaAureomarginata
bullet 'Mountain Snow' = 'White On'
bullet 'My Secret' = 'Golden Tiara'
bullet H. nakaiana = 'Ellen'
bullet 'Nancy Lindsay' = 'Fortunei Virdis'
bullet 'Nathan Hale' = 'Dr. Hale'
bullet 'Opipara' = 'Opipara Koriyama' = 'Koriyama' = 'Bill Brincka' = 'Mishima Fukurin Koba'
bullet 'Orphan Annie' = 'Kifukurin Otome'
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'Paradigm' = 'Mid Morning'

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'Pauline' = ‘Lancifolia

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'Paul’s Glory' = 'Mayville'

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'Peanut' = 'Lakeside Dot Com'

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'Peerless' = 'Tall Boy'

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'Piedmont Gold' = 'Stone’s Yellow Leaf'

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'Pierre’s Find' = 'Pierre'

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H. plantaginea = 'Willamette'

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'Polish Prince' = 'Garnet Prince'

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'Prince Caspian' = 'Green Hornet'

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'Princess of Karafuto' = 'Hime Karafuto'

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'Prize of Portland' = 'Amime Tachi'

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'Puck' = 'Just So Green'

bullet H. pulchella 'Variegata' = 'Sitting Pretty'
 
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'Rhinestone Cowboy Supreme' = 'Urban Cowboy'

bullet 'Richland Charmer' = 'Clearfork Delight'
bullet H. rohdeifolia = 'White Border'
bullet 'Royal Standard' = 'Liverpool White' = 'Sweet Winifred' = 'White Knight'
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'Salem' = 'Maytime'

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'Satin Bloomers' = 'Black Velvet'

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'Sea Gentian' = 'Sea Grotto'

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'Sea Gull' = 'Louisa'

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'Sentinels' = ‘Lancifolia

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'Shawnee Moon' = 'Gold June Moon'

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'Sharmon' = 'Jacqueline' = 'Marcia'

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H. sieboldiana 'Aureomarginata' = 'Frances Williams'

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'Sitting Pretty' = H. pulchella 'Variegata'

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'Soule’s Upright Green' = H. clausa normalis = H. clausa

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'Spinners' = 'Antioch' = 'Moerheim' = 'Hadspen Rainbow'

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'Spotted Janet' = 'Janet'

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'Spingarns Japan' = H. venusta

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'Spring Gold' = 'Hazel'

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'Squiggles' = 'Green Squiggles'

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'Stone’s Valentine' = 'Verdi Valentine' = 'Verde Valentine'

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'Stone’s Yellow Leaf' = 'Piedmont Gold'

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'Stratosphere' = 'Skyscraper'

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'Sun Power' = 'Thelma M. Pierson'

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'Sunny Tiara' = 'Golden Scepter'

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'Swarthmore Supreme' = 'Ginko Craig'

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'Sweet Winifred' = 'Royal Standard'

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'Tall Boy' = 'Peerless'

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H. tardiflora minor = 'Tardiflora'

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H. tardiva aureo-striata = 'Kisuji' = 'Inaho'

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'Tenny Up' = 'Tenryu'

bullet 'Thelma M. Pierson' = 'Sun Power'
bullet 'Thomas Hogg' = 'Decorata' = 'Undulata Albomarginata'
bullet 'Tokudama Aureonebulosa' = 'Akebono'  = 'Ur'
bullet 'Twilight' = 'Anne'
bullet 'Undulata Albomarginata' = 'Thomas Hogg' = 'Decorata'
bullet 'Undulata Univittata' = 'Color Riot'
bullet 'Ur' = 'Tokudama Aureonebulosa' = 'Akebono'
bullet 'Urban Cowboy' = 'Rhinestone Cowboy Supreme'
bullet 'Valerie’s Vanity' = 'Devon Green' = 'Canadian Shield'
bullet H. pulchella 'Variegata' = 'Sitting Pretty'
bullet H. venusta = 'Spingarns Japan'
bullet 'Verdi Valentine' = 'Verde Valentine' = 'Stone’s Valentine'
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'White Border' = H. rohdeifolia

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'White Christmas' = 'Krossa Variegated'

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'White Gold' = 'Windsor Gold'

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'White Knight' = 'Royal Standard'

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'White On' = 'Mountain Snow'

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'White Necklace' = 'Bobbie Sue'

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'Willamette' = H. plantaginea

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'Wooly Bully' = 'Bolt Out of the Blue' = 'Deja Blu'

bullet 'Xanadu Empress Wu' = 'Empress Wu'
 
 
 
   

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