Hosta By Kelley

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Reference Information The plant pages your about to look at are a mix of past Hosta varieties I've tried, and Hosta that are currently in my garden. If you look at the bottom of each page (on the footer) you'll notice a discription list of what the colors mean on the website menu. For the general terminology I use; which ought to be standard across the hosta comunity; I offer the following information: Basic Terminology Bract: A leaf that covers/protects an actual flower bloom(s). Clump: a group of divisions that make up less than a full, mature round. Division: One group of leaves that comprise an 'eye', or partial group of leaves, or even rhizome stock of hosta that is capable of regrowing to become a new hosta. Eye: The center of a group of hosta leaves. Supposedly an 'Eye' will never have more than 18 leaves from it. The author presumes that each mature eye ought to be able to produce a scape. Fairy Ring: The stage of a hosta growth when the plant redivideds by itself. The characteristic of this is a vacant center of the round where the plant growth used to be previous years. If left alone it ought to refill in. Host [pronounced hŏst; author taking liberties]: a group of hosta clumps that exist after, or begin to occur during, the Fairy Ring stage. Example: "A host of hosta"; "That is a 12 inch host of 'venusta'." The author believes there is no term for this stage of growth. A host of hosts will have several redeveloping rounds of hosta that comprise the shape of the current naturally grown plant. Iridescence: An outer leaf edge of a hosta that looks lighter than its surface. Round: A group of divisions that have reached their peak of growth, and just before the hosta enters Fairy Ring stage. PP = Plant Patent. These are noted where those hosta that have USA Patents. A patented plant MAY NOT be divided for any reason. These may be given to others, but ONLY as a whole round (remember the no dividing regulation for these plants). These plants can not be use in propagation programs or projects; so scapes probably should be cut off sooner than later, and disposed of. Patented plants can not be sold without permission or license of the hybridizer. or the originator. Scape: the flower stem of a hosta. Sport [antiquated terminology]: A division of hosta that is different from the parent clump or round of hosta. Post 2010 Philosophy: The differing division among a growth of hosta is considered to be a new variety regardless of how consistent the differing divison might appear between the same parent variety across the globe. Example: Dixie Chickadee seems to universally produce a solid variation. This solid variation is refereed to as 'Emerald City Chick'. Based on this revised philosophy of how hosta growth behaves EACH and EVERY Dixie Chickadee that produces a solid version is actually producing a new variety of hosta. The following terms are related to the dates found in Reference Information on this website. These are listed in the order in which they appear in the documentation (left to right; top to bottom). Count = the total number of: divisions, clumps, rounds, and hosts of Hosta. The very bottom entry will show the most recent total for that plant. This number ought to reflect both losses and additions to the plant. These counts use the abbreviations that are listed next. 1d = One Division 2c = Two Clumps 3h = Three Host of hosta 4r = Four Rounds Spiked: Date on which the spike was first spotted. Scape(d): Date on which the first scape is spotted on the hosta Bloomed: Date on which the any of the scapes opened their first flower Flowered: Date on which the last scape had a flower fade. Faded: Date on which the first scape fully dried (lost its color; generally from green to dried brown. OTHER NOTES ABOUT THESE PAGES Hosta names found through out my journal entries will eventually be hyperlinked back to these pages for the convenience of the reader. WARNING: At this time there are no return links offered other than your web-browers back button, and the menu options provided.

Plant Name Menu Codes:

In Gardner's collection:  green.

In Collection but is an unregistered sport: BLUE.

Past Plants that are no longer in the collection: Brown.

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