The Q&A Archives: Hosta Your Tag "hosta X Wide Brim"

Question: Purchased from Sunset Nurseries, St. Louis Mo. a hosta with
Monrovia printed plastic tag secured to the pot. It said
"Hosta x Wide Brim". I am taking this to mean that it is a
seedling: unknown hosta by Wide Brim. Is this right? If so, has this particular cultivar been grown from seed (or
tissue culture) and is this probably the only one or would
a likely plant like this have been divided vegatatively and
many of it potted and sold? Or is it possible that this is
one of many individual plants from the same cross and only alike as siblings from the same parents would be?
Thanks for any information.

Answer: "Wide Brim" is a specific named cultivar of hosta. The particular species or crossings of species used to develop the original Wide Brim plant from seed is not noted, thus, as is typical with so many hosta cultivars, the designation of x to designate it is the specific named variety.

Wide Brim is quite popular and is produced in large quantities for the marketplace. In most cases it would be propagated most efficiently in large batches by tissue culture, however perhaps in smaller quantities it could also be achieved by division. Thus the plants should be genetically the same, cloned you might say, and without chance of any seed strain type variation. I hope this answers your question.

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