Cultivar or Species
with foliage that emerges white, then turns green by
midsummer...In any case, it is another odd cultivar that
only a collector could love."
||"...gold foliage with green splotches
along the veins, symptomatic of
Virus X... NOT
Virus X and should be avoided."
||"...is most likely infected
with a virus and should not be grown."
||"The main difference
between 'Crescent Moon' and 'Lunar Eclipse' is the color
of the leaf center, green for 'Cresent Moon' versus gold
for 'Lunar Eclipse'. Both are drawstring plants and are
not recommended for general gardening purposes."
||"This may be the most
disappointing of all the Lachman introductions...It so
lacks in substance that I have yet to see a clump of
'Curly Locks' that was not riddled with slug holes by
midsummer, often resulting in a flat, collapsed mound."
|| "...green sectors and
splotches caused by
||"If the first flush of
growth is removed, the second set of leaves will be more
attractive. Better yet, don't grow the plant!"
||"I first saw this pitiful
plant in a collector's garden in the early 1980s...the
leaf margin rips and tears as the center expands and
grows. Plant 'Exotic Frances Williams' in the back (far
back!) of the shaded border."
||"...has been a colossal
failure. It is a very poor grower and certainly is a
test for the most ardent collector. 'Ōgon Sagae'
apparently is different from this plant and is a much
||"This plant should be
thought of as more of an experiment than a serious
effort to introduce a new cultivar...even if grown under
heavy shade, it melts out by the middle of July."
||"Unfortunately, it develops spring desiccation burn and is, therefore, not recommended."
||"This is the much maligned gold-leaved
sport out of 'Frances Williams' with the unfortunate
habit of developing heavy amounts of spring desiccation burn. It has many great qualities (substance, flowers, large
size), bit it can become so badly burned in spring, that
it is not recommended for general garden usage."
||"This plant represents an
embarrassing mistake from my nursery. In the mid-1990's,
we found a white-margined plant in a flat of 96
'Moonlight Sonata' liners in our greenhouse...About a
year later, it became apparent to me and a few other
host collectors that 'Great River Sonata' was not a
sport of 'Moonlight Sonata' but 'Sagae' itself. Mea culpa!!"
||"...reached its peak of popularity
during the 1980s...These days few nurseries offer it for
sale and most collectors do not bother growing it."
|| "...ranks near the bottom of the Tardianas in that the
foliage is not especially blue and the flowers are nothing
||"...makes an attractive,
creamy-margined mound of foliage as an immature,
juvenile plant. With age, however, the leaf margin tends
to "drop out", leaving an unsightly sawtooth edge. Avoid this cultivar."
||"This may be the one "Lakeside"
that does not appeal to me. Its splotchy green foliage
virusy look and does not add ornamental value to
the garden. Skip this one."
||"This cultivar is infected
Virus X, which causes the green splotchiness in the
foliage...DO NOT GROW"
||"...We know now that
'Lunacy' is infected with Hosta Virus X and was one of
the first "cultivars" named for this trait...symptoms
vary from plant to plant...If you own a plant of
'Lunacy', please destroy it."
||"When I found the first sport out
of 'August Moon' in the early 1980s, I was quite excited...Then,
after naming, registering and marketing the plant for a few
years, it became evident that, with maturity, the margins
developed the dreaded "drawstring" effect. In fact, that term
was introduced to "hostadom" to describe what was happening to
||"...develop spots that can
occupy anywhere from a small portion to a majority of
the leaf surface...the spots mar the beauty of 'Moon
Shadow', making its widespread usage debatable."
||"...emerges whitish in the
spring, then slowly turns green. Like the others in this
class, it has interest only to the ardent hosta
collector and is not a good garden plant."
drawstring effect. By midsummer, the white margin usually tears and
turns brown. Another one to avoid."
||"Like other plants infected
with Hosta Virus X, 'Panda Bear' has a kind of exotic
beauty. Still, it should not be propagated or cultivated
to avoid bringing a source of this virus into your
||"I cannot recommend this cultivar for
landscaping purposes...it does not have a fast growth
rate. Even worse is the fact that the gold leaf center
develops a significant amount of
spring desiccation burn. There are better choices."
color changes throughout the growing season...makes a
poor garden plant and should be treated as a curiosity."
||"I consider this one of
Mildred Seaver's "lesser" introductions."
||"...difficult to grow;
margins often tear (not draw stringing); smaller than 'Northern
Halo'; not recommended."
||"...has also been sold as 'Sumthing
Good' and 'Sum Thing Good'...it's not, or at least all
of the plants I've seen are not...good. The variegation
is difficult to discern, even from a close distance and
is not worth the ample amount of space that it needs in
||, "...same as 'Janet' except for dark green dots and
splotches due to an infection with Hosta Virus X..."
cultivar can still be found in some gardens, though few
collectors will admit having it. To some it is
beautiful, though I think quite the opposite...If you
somehow have a specimen, destroy it."
aka 'Kiwi Watercolours'
|"...another cultivar named
as a result of its infection with Hosta Virus X...Like
all other infected cultivars, it should not be grown as
it poses a potential risk to any nursery or hosta
||"Unfortunately, it has been
a failure as a garden plant because the margins
disappear with a few years of planting."
||"Unfortunately, it often
drawstrings, tearing along the margin. For that reason,
I do not recommend growing this cultivar. If you do own
it, cutting off the first flush of foliage will produce
a second set of leaves that should not exhibit the