Hosta 'Fortunei' Group

In 1991, the then most comprehensive book about hostas, The Genus Hosta by W. George Schmid, was published. It was the first intensively researched book about the entire genus which, until that time, suffered from a lot of misinformation and name confusion. As the result of his research, Schmid determined that several of the plants previously treated as separate, naturally occurring, species were, in fact, cultivated varieties, i.e. cultivars, created by nurseries and hybridizers or of unknown origin.

This hosta is one which was historically considered a natural species but was changed to a cultivar by Schmid. For more on this process ...

Species switched from species to cultivar status in 1991 include:

This is another of the plants that was long thought to be a species but was reclassified as a cultivar by Schmid in 1991. It was named for the plant explorer, Robert Fortune.

The actual plant really does not exist anymore. At least most sources say that the only remnants are the many named cultivars but none is the true H. 'Fortunei'. The "type" would be a medium to large hosta with medium green foliage. Its ovate shaped leaves have above average substance and a thin bluish bloom on the underside. This hosta bears funnel shaped, pale lavender flowers in July.

Common cultivars include:

"Probable" Sports of H. 'Fortunei' include:

Other cultivars that belong to the "Fortunei" type include:

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