Hosta 'Yellow Polka Dot Bikini'


A sport of H. 'Striptease', this cultivar was registered by Dr. Leonard Jones of North Carolina in 2005. The foliage is medium to dark green with a bright yellow marginal variegation which changes to light green later in the season. This cultivar forms a large size (20 inches high) mound of slightly wavy, smooth textured foliage of average substance. It bears pale lavender flowers from mid-July into August.

From The Hosta Journal, (2008 Vol. 39 No 1), "...In the spring,...looks very much like 'Hanky Panky'. The margins are pale creamy yellow with a narrow white line separating them from the darker green centers. The margins slowly darken to apple green, while the centers apparently change very little."


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. 'Hanky Panky' and H. 'Yellow Polka Dot Bikini'.

  1. H. 'Eros'

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