Hostas forum: Unknown Hostas...help

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Name: Steph
Iowa
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GreatPyrenees09
May 22, 2011 10:47 AM CST
My sister gave me a small split from her main plants last yr. She doesn't label any of her plants" but that didn't affect my choice of getting a free hosta!" I have around 10 that are unknown that were given to me from friends/family. I have some photos of the plants now, but If I need to I will take more pictures another time as it is very windy outside today. I tried

I received these last yr if that helps

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hosta #1 This hosta sits pretty low to the ground and is 1 ft across


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hosta #2 Pic of the leaf... measures 5in x 7in



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hosta #2 whole plant, this plant is 2ft across

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hosta #3 The underside is very glossy and the top of the leaf with the shimmer look, reminds me of taffeta "I planted this one last fall"

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hosta #4 This hosta was on the property when we bought the house. It's a nice tight mound that's 18in tall and 30in wide.

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hosta #4 Close up of the leaf.
Name: Christine
Southeastern MN (Zone 4a)
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Christine27360
May 23, 2011 8:51 AM CST
#1 maybe Sagae
#2 maybe be Gold Standard
#3 maybe Regal Splendor
#4 maybe Golden Tiara

My guesses.... Confused
"Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously."
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Name: Karen
Watertown, WI (Zone 5a)
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kaylyred
May 23, 2011 11:18 AM CST
#1 - It's definitely not 'Sagae,' and I don't want to guess what it is because I'm not sure.
#2 - Again, not sure, but can I have it? Rolling on the floor laughing
#3 - No, not 'Regal Splendor.' Looks like 'Royal Standard' to me.
#4 - Yep, probably 'Golden Tiara'

Edit: #2 MIGHT be 'June.' The color looks a lot more subtle than I'm used to, but 'June' has so many different looks.
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Name: Christine
Southeastern MN (Zone 4a)
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Christine27360
May 23, 2011 2:39 PM CST
Oh Duh -- thanks Karen on #3 -- was thinking Royal Standard and wrote the wrong name!!

I was thinking June on #2 as well but mine does not have the veins as defined at the photo graph -- then when looking at the whole hosta pic I was like... hmmm maybe Gold Standard.

What do you think that #1 might be?? Any guesses?? Kind of looks like a few out there -- trying to think of the common Hostas that have been around for awhile... Confused
"Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously."
2 Corinthians 9:6
Name: Jeff (allnitro)
Iowa
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BlackHawkGiboshi
May 23, 2011 3:51 PM CST
I'll take a stab

#1 'Frances Williams'
#2 'Gold Standard'
#3 'Royal Standard'
#4 'Golden Tiara'

Enjoy the hosta!
Jeff
Name: Christine
Southeastern MN (Zone 4a)
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Christine27360
May 23, 2011 3:58 PM CST
Maybe #1 is Robert Frost or lke Jeff said Frances WIlliams? I have 2 Frances Williams -- man are those s..l..o..w growers. In the ground 4 years now and only a few eyes.
"Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously."
2 Corinthians 9:6
Name: Steph
Iowa
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GreatPyrenees09
May 23, 2011 8:35 PM CST
Thank you all, You have been so helpful! Your too funny Kaylyred Hilarious! I was kinda excited when you mentioned June since that is one I have on my wish list. I do have a Gold Standard that sits in the back of the house and the one pictured is one my ister gave me but on a smaller scale and you all know with different lighting how a hosta can look different....mentioning that I do have another picture of the #2 hosta which looks different due to the lighting...

I think I like the look of #2 hosta that I posted earlier than the one below with different lighting, but that's my opinion....

So would you still agree it's Gold Standard?

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Name: Karen
Watertown, WI (Zone 5a)
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kaylyred
May 24, 2011 7:21 AM CST
Yes, looking at that #2 hosta with different lighting...it's most definitely not 'June.' Bad guess on my part, but the blue tint in the first photos fooled me. I'd be inclined to agree it's 'Gold Standard.'

The color's throwing me off on #1, too. I'm not a great hosta IDer, but I would've never thought 'Frances Williams' just because it looks more green and yellow than the blue and yellow I'm used to. Perhaps it's a 'Frances Williams' that greens up because it gets more sun? Or maybe it's just the color temperature of the photo. Either way, I wouldn't be one to argue with Jeff on a hosta ID. Sticking tongue out
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Name: Christine
Southeastern MN (Zone 4a)
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Christine27360
May 24, 2011 7:44 AM CST
I agree
"Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously."
2 Corinthians 9:6
Name: Lelan
Oregon-Willamette Vally-OSU
ZZTOPSOIL
May 25, 2011 1:33 PM CST
Boy I Must be Way Off...
We Need Some New Pictures After June 1st.
But I Will Still Add My First(As I See it) Look Possibilities.

1- Wide Brim.
2- Bright Lights.
3- Honeybells. (Since it is Just Emerging)
(The Leaves I Feel are too Wide for 'Lancifolia')
4- Albomarginata.
(For Now that is) Rolling my eyes.

I Have to Write Down Vein Counts and Go Check Mine Now.
Name: Karen
Watertown, WI (Zone 5a)
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kaylyred
May 25, 2011 4:07 PM CST
ZZ, you're right--it's a tough call. The thing that trips me up is the color temperature of the pictures. I don't think the color is true, and that throws the ID off.

I think you may be on to something with 'Wide Brim,' though. And maybe all the rest, too. Every single one of your guesses made me stop and second-guess mine. Sticking tongue out
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Name: Steph
Iowa
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GreatPyrenees09
May 25, 2011 6:08 PM CST
I want to thank you all for taking your time and trying to help me ID my hostas, I love going to the garden shops and I do take my list of what I know I have and I do have around 10 hostas that are nameless and when your standing there looking at them some start looking the same and I want to make sure that I'm getting something I don't have. I sure love reading everyones post and look up every hosta you mention what you think mine could be! I need to learn so much about them with just starting out last yr. on adding to the 5 different ones that were here when we bought the house. My collection is small (36 different types/kinds) but trying to expand when I can.

Steph


Name: Diann
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Ha! If you knew how many times I've bought the same hosta over and over again, because it was so cool when I saw it sitting there in it's little lonesome pot. Then I get home and realize I already have is a couple times over. Smiling LOL Yeah, lists probably would be handy to carry, but what's the adventure in that. Smiling LOL

I guess I should remember the 10 Foot Rule. If you don't know, here is the 10 ft. rule. I lifted this from Hallson Gardens' forum, (another great place to learn about hostas). "Chris_W wrote: In case some don't know, a hosta passes the 10 foot rule if: It is unique enough to be easily identified from 10 feet away AND can't possibly be confused with another named hosta of similar color, size, or habit."

But I'll probably still buy a few over and over again. Smiling LOL

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