Hosta 'Secret Love'

This cultivar was originated by Jan van den Top of the Netherlands and registered by Danny Van Eechaute from Belgium in 2004. It is a sport of H. 'Fragrant Blue' which grows to medium size about 12 inches in height with a width of about 16 inches. The intensely blue-green foliage has a pale yellow marginal variegation. Its leaves are broadly ovate, slightly flat with a glaucous bloom on top. The fragrant, tubular flowers are near white and bloom from July into August. It sets seeds but their viability was undetermined at the time of registration.


An article by Warren I. Pollack in The Hosta Journal  (2020 Vol. 51 No. 1) titled Doppelgänger Hostas: Fancy Name for Look-alike Hostas, included a long list of hostas which various hostaphiles, published articles or other sources have indicated "look" the same. Some of these are, in fact, the same plant with two or more different names. Others are hostas that vary in some minor trait which is not immediately discernable to the casual observer such as seasonal color variations, bloom traits, ploidy, etc. So, as Warren mentions, hostaphiles may differ as to the plants listed but then, their opinions are based on visual observations and interpretations.

H. 'Blue Flame' and H. 'Secret Love'.

  1. H. 'Secret Ambition'

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