Hosta 'Borwick Beauty'

This cultivar is a sport of H. 'Elegans' that was registered by the British Hosta and Hemerocallis Society (BHHS) on behalf of the originator, Graham and Betty McBurnie in 1988.

The large size mound rises to a height of 24 inches and a width of 57 inches with leaves that have a thick substance and are moderately corrugated. Near white flowers bloom in mid-June.

According to The Hostapedia by Mark Zilis (2009), "The unfortunate tendency of 'Borwick Beauty' to develop the spring desiccation burn problem mars the beauty of this outstanding hosta."

"Plant is one of the several medio-variegated mutants of H. sieboldiana. Other similar forms exist and have been named."


An article about H. 'Borwick Beauty' by Warren I. Pollock in The Hosta Journal (1992 Vol. 23 No. 1) states that "I concluded that 'Color Glory' and 'Borwick Beauty' are identical. In fact, my opinion is they are the same clone obtained from the same source. H. 'George Smith' is very similar if not the same, with respect to the characteristics I was able to observe in George Smith's own garden near named for the village of Borwick, near Carnforth in Lancashire, where Mr. and Mrs. R.G. McBurnie live."

An article by Warren I. Pollock in The Hosta Journal (1996 Vol. 27 No. 1) states that, "...'Color Glory' and 'Borwick Beauty'...are the same hosta. There are records that show 'Color Glory' most certainly came from the same plant in the garden of Mr. and Mrs. R.G. McBurnie in England that was named 'Borwick Beauty' for the village of Borwick near Carnforth in Lancashire, where they live."

An article about H. 'Great Expectations' by Warren I. Pollock in The Hosta Journal (1996 Vol. 27 No. 2) states that, "Everyone has great expectations for 'Great Expectations'. It is the great hosta dream (probably throughout the world) to grow a big, handsome specimen clump of 'Great Expectations'. But it doesn't do well for everyone...About half the people responding to my call for personal experiences say they have or have had problems growing it. The others say it is doing "fine" and cite the growing conditions...There is no consensus yet other than 'Great Expectations' :
bullet Is a slow grower,
bullet Forms an open clump (not a tight mound), and
bullet Doesn't have leaves that exhibit the undesirable characteristic called "burning," "scalding," "browning," or "rusting" as does 'Color Glory' (a.k.a., 'Borwick Beauty'), which also is a sport with a bold bue-green border of H. 'Elegans'.

Warren I. Pollack wrote an article in The Hosta Journal  (2020 Vol. 51 No. 1) titled Doppelgänger Hostas: Fancy Name for Look-alike Hostas, included a long list of hostas which various hostaphiles, published articles or other sources have indicated "look" the same. Some of these are, in fact, the same plant with two or more different names. Others are hostas that vary in some minor trait which is not immediately discernable to the casual observer such as seasonal color variations, bloom traits, ploidy, etc. So, as Warren mentions, hostaphiles may differ as to the plants listed but then, their opinions are based on visual observations and interpretations.

H. 'Color Glory' and H. 'Borwick Beauty'.



A specimen of 'Borwick Beauty' suffering from a severe case of spring desiccation.

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