Hosta 'Gold Chip'

This cultivar of unknown parentage is a non-registered plant from Dr. Ralph (Herb) Benedict of Michigan. It grows into a medium size hosta about 11 inches in height by 37 inches wide. The leaves are ovate and slightly wavy. It bears dense clusters of near white flowers in July.

According to The Hostapedia by Mark Zilis (2009), "...has probably grown larger than even Herb Benedict expected. Also, do not confuse it with Jerry Hadrava's 'Rosedale Golden Chips'."

Note: This is one of many named but non-registered cultivars that were observed in Herb Benedict's garden in Michigan and later mentioned in The Hostapedia by Mark Zilis (2009) or the Hosta Library.

Herb was noted for not selling his hostas but some did make it into the market through those who received them as gifts or bought plants which Herb donated to an AHS auction. The only specimen of many of Herb's  plants, however, existed exclusively in his garden and are not available anywhere else. Herb  passed away in 2004. Rod Kuenster of Iowa discovered many of Herb's plants in the garden of Audrey and Fred Wilson. He has recently registered over 70 of these cultivars on Herb's behalf.


These spring 2012 photos were taken at Wade and Gatton Nursery and Wade Botanical Gardens in Bellville, Ohio.

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