This plant is one of a handful of
rhizomatous hostas which also includes those from the
species, Hosta clausa. As a result, it makes a good
ground cover or edging plant which forms a medium (15 inches high) mound of green
foliage with a white margin and blunt tips. In August, it forms purple flowers
on 30 inch high scapes.
It was first described by famed
Liberty Hyde Bailey in 1930 and, at one time, was considered
a separate species under the name Hosta decorata. As with
several other forms of hosta,
The Genus Hosta by
(1991) determined that it was actually a cultivar and not a
species and gave it the current name of H. 'Decorata'.
This is also an example of the
same plant having more than one name. According to
The Hosta Handbook by
Mark Zilis (2000), this plant is actually H. 'Decorata'
although it has been sold under the 'Thomas Hogg' name for
years. Also, H. 'Undulata Albomarginata' was historically sold as H. 'Thomas
Hogg' in England.
Thomas Hogg, Jr. was a plant explorer who some credit with
being the one to introduce the species hosta in the trade in
America and Europe.