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 and mentioned in Mark Zilis (2009). Herb was noted for not selling his hostas but many did make it into the market through other people who received them as gifts or bought them at 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. In recent years, Rod Kuenster of Iowa has registered several of these hostas 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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