Hosta 'Clifford's Forest Fire'

This sport of H. 'Sagae' was registered by John Clifford of Michigan in 2000. Characteristics similar to the parent plant with a wider margin. This cultivar is part of the "Clifford's Series" of hostas.

This giant size (31 inches high by 70 inches wide or more) cultivar is known for its upright form and thick leaf substance. The foliage is wavy and deeply lobed at the base. It produces pale lavender flowers on scapes up to 50 inches tall from mid-July into August.

According to The Hostapedia by Mark Zilis (2009), "Though it was patented under the name 'Forest Fire' and marketed as such, many hosta specialty nurseries offer it under its registered name, 'Clifford's Forest Fire'."

Similar cultivars include H. 'Magic Fire'.


These 2010 photos were taken at the Ralph (Herb) and Dorothy Benedict Hosta Hillside in Michigan, tours and vendors at The American Hosta Society National Convention in Minnesota, Wade and Gatton Nursery and Wade Botanical Gardens in Ohio, Toledo Botanical Garden and the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum.

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