Hosta ''1928 #7 W.E."

This is an incorrect or outdated name for H. 'Antioch'.

An article about H. 'Antioch' by Warren I. Pollock in The HostaJournal (1985 Vol. 16) states that, "Chet Tompkins of Canby, Oregon believes he can trace this hosta to one of his mother's plants dating back to 1928...Among the several hosta varieties that his mother sold to the old Wayside Gardens of Mentor, Ohio, from 1936 to 1940, one had the designation "1928 #7 W.E." (W.E. meant White Edged.) Most assuredly this hosta is the one we now call H. 'Antioch'...I have a copy of the 1973 Wayside Gardens' catalogue and it lists "H. fortunei aurea marmorta"...another example where nursery people -- not botanists -- have given a Latin botanical name to a hosta..."aurea marmorta" means "marbled with gold"...Chet Tompkins' mother's "1928 #7 W.E." became "H. fortunei Aurea Marmorata" which gave way to H. 'Antioch'."


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