Hostas forum: Red Petioled Hosta

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Name: Debbie
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DebbieC
Feb 1, 2016 8:32 PM CST
I would like to acquire a red petioled hosta for my garden and am looking for suggestions. One I'm considering is Raspberry Sundae but have been told it's a slow grower so I wonder if there is a better choice. Designer Genes is another I thought is quite attractive. I would prefer something that is small- med in size and that will be a fairly vigorous grower. Thanks for any suggestions!
Name: Rose
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Rose1656
Feb 1, 2016 9:33 PM CST
This is 'Vivacious'... Red petioles and streaked foliage! What more could you ask for?
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Name: Debbie
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DebbieC
Feb 1, 2016 10:14 PM CST
Oh, very nice Rose! And I do want a streaker, so that would be best of both worlds. I'll have to check and see if it's available at any of my sources. Thanks!
Name: Ann
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ViolaAnn
Feb 2, 2016 11:05 AM CST
That 'Vivacious' is lovely.

The reg-legged hostas that I have are:

'Cherry Tart' - mine looked a bit bedraggled last year as it got too much sun after a tree was removed and I had to move it.
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'Island Breeze' was new to me last season and I think it may become a stunner. I've also got 'Paradise Island', but it's not doing well for me.
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'Katsuragawa Beni'
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'Fire Island' early in the season is a stunner.
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A new one to me Sept 2014, but hard to find as it's patented and the originator pulled the plug on it is 'Purple Heart'. The red petioles are really dark - almost black.
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My 'Raspberry Sundae' finally decided to grow this year but it was in too much sun because we lost a tree and the colours got faded. I've had it about 5 years.
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The Razor's Edge'
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'Red October' has very red legs, but they are hard to see because the foliage droops down and covers them.
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Ann

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Name: Debbie
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DebbieC
Feb 2, 2016 11:22 AM CST
Thank You! More to ponder!
Name: Gary
Wyoming MN (Zone 4a)
hostasmore
Feb 2, 2016 2:29 PM CST
Perhaps not the place to ponder this but...
About 4 years ago now, there was talk that Terra Nova had developed a hosta with red leaves. They were looking to find a way to make it infertile so that they would have control of the red genes. I have tried to find out mor info but there doesn't seem to be much out there.Does anyone here have more info?
Name: Debbie
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DebbieC
Feb 2, 2016 2:45 PM CST
I have seen pics of a variety called First Blush, supposedly the first Hosta with red leaves. You can see it at Naylor Creek's Hosta. Sorry I don't know how to do a link. As far as your question re fertility and genetics I have no idea.
Name: Rose
Oquawka, IL (Zone 5a)
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Rose1656
Feb 2, 2016 5:00 PM CST
I think First Blush is from Solberg. I want to get one but I'm going to wait to see how others like theirs. It sounds like it could be a touchy one, and I've had several of those!
Name: Ann
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ViolaAnn
Feb 2, 2016 8:26 PM CST
A lot of the genetics on some of the new ones is being kept a deep, dark secret. Same with 'Purple Heart' above. It was a Terra Nova introduction available for only a short time.
Ann

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Name: Gary
Wyoming MN (Zone 4a)
hostasmore
Feb 6, 2016 5:40 PM CST
One of the first red stemmed varieties I acquired was Reptilian. Once it develops mature foliage which is kind of wrinkled and crinkled it is a very neat/interesting plant. Fore me it is a medium and it is well-named.

Tequila Sunrise is a nice yellow with long red legs.
Name: Gary
Wyoming MN (Zone 4a)
hostasmore
Feb 11, 2016 9:39 AM CST
I like the tall dark scapes of Ebony Towers. It is hard to miss while touring the gardens.
Name: Debbie
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DebbieC
Feb 11, 2016 3:11 PM CST
Love the look of Reptilian; I have it on my list. Tequila Sunrise looks very attractive too; I like that pop of yellow in the garden. Thank You!
Name: Marilyn
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CDsSister
Feb 11, 2016 3:31 PM CST
ViolaAnn said:That 'Vivacious' is lovely.

The reg-legged hostas that I have are:
'Fire Island' early in the season is a stunner.
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The Razor's Edge'
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'Red October' has very red legs, but they are hard to see because the foliage droops down and covers them.
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Quote:(modified quote to highlight those I really Like) Cdssister)
These are ones I wish I had in my garden.. Sighing!

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