Hostas forum: My Mini-Hosta Mini Mystery

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Name: Paul
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Paul2032
Jun 27, 2013 6:48 PM CST
I bought a sweet little Hosta today. It is just the size and color which I want for the front of a border.
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It had this tag on it..... Thumb of 2013-06-28/Paul2032/3726b4
When I got home I entered the name on the ATP data base and there was an Entry for Little Darling but no pictures. Then I went to the Hosta Library and was disappointed to not find it there. A google search produced limited info.....some pictures that look like mine but also one listing indicating that it was introduced in the 90's and was green with a white border. The tag showed a second name....'MonChard'. I can find no info on that. Thumb of 2013-06-28/Paul2032/9697d9 True ID for my plant remains unknown. ID is important to me but I guess I'll overlook it here. Ant suggestions of how I might ID it?
Paul Smith Pleasant Grove, Utah
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eclayne
Jun 28, 2013 7:18 PM CST

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Paul did you check out Monrovia? It looks like 'MonChard' is the cv. name and Little DarlingĀ® is the Trade name or series. It doesn't show up on the registry either but maybe that's because it's fairly new?
http://www.monrovia.com/plant-catalog/plants/3179/little-dar...
http://landscapemanagement.net/2011/11/15/little-darling-hos...

Looks like a sweetie.
Evan
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Name: Paul
Utah (Zone 5b)
Grandchildren are my greatest joy.
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Paul2032
Jun 28, 2013 7:57 PM CST
I have checked Monrovia and found the same info as the tag. There is no listing on the Hosta Library. A company called Hosta Direct offers it and says it is a stable sport of 'Betty Darling, was introduced in 1994 by Owen, and is green with a white border. Probably a case of a name being used twice...It is patent pending....
Paul Smith Pleasant Grove, Utah
Name: Paul
Utah (Zone 5b)
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Paul2032
Jun 28, 2013 8:02 PM CST
Just looked at the Hosta Library and a streaked Hosta named Betty Darling was introduced by Owen in 1989. Little Darling is listed as a sport. Monrovia probably "borrowed"t the name.
Paul Smith Pleasant Grove, Utah
Name: Evan
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eclayne
Jun 28, 2013 8:49 PM CST

Plants Admin

Registry says the same. http://hostaregistrar.org/detail.php?id=3940&Variety=Little%...

Monrovia's Hosta 'MonChard' doesn't seem to have anything to do with these however. Little DarlingĀ® appears to be a registered trademark name they are using and are planning to use for much more than Hosta. It has a Registration Date of March 2012.
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Evan

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