Let's Celebrate Hostas!: It should be Hosta montana Aureomarginata

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Let's Celebrate Hostas!

By dave
June 20, 2015

We open the Hostas Celebration Week with a look at the top cultivars, top comments, most thumbed images, and more!

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Name: Steve
Millbury, MA (Zone 5b)
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steve_mass
Jun 20, 2015 7:05 AM CST
The name is listed incorrectly. Hosta montana is a species. Hosta montana 'Aureomarginata' is a sport of montana that was found in a nursery in Japan. It is definitely not a Sieboldiana. Sieboldiana types are a group of cultivars with similar characteristics that bloom early and are typical of cooler season plants. Sieboldiana is not a species.

Steve
Name: Rob Duval
Mason, New Hampshire (Zone 5b)
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robertduval14
Jun 20, 2015 7:22 AM CST

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steve_mass said:The name is listed incorrectly. Hosta montana is a species. Hosta montana 'Aureomarginata' is a sport of montana that was found in a nursery in Japan. It is definitely not a Sieboldiana. Sieboldiana types are a group of cultivars with similar characteristics that bloom early and are typical of cooler season plants. Sieboldiana is not a species.

Steve



Welcome to the fun and crazy world of plant taxonomy...

Currently, H. montana is recognized as a synonym of H. sieboldiana. H. sieboldiana IS a species.

Reference... http://www.catalogueoflife.org/col/details/species/id/6b48c7...
http://www.catalogueoflife.org/col/search/all/key/hosta+sieb...

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Name: Linda
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alwaysbehindMN
Jun 20, 2015 10:59 AM CST
My contribution to the topic of species vs. cultivar, are montana and sieboldiana the same species or neither one a species, capital or lower case and on and on... is this: Just reading about it makes my head ache! To cure the headache, I can always go outside and look at my beautiful 'Elegans' and my even more beautiful montana 'Aureomarginata'. Correct label or not, if it's good enough for Mark Zilis, it's good enough for me!
Name: Paul
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Paul2032
Jun 20, 2015 4:58 PM CST
I'm with you Linda.......
Paul Smith Pleasant Grove, Utah

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