Hosta 'Carnival'

Wm and Eleanor Lachman of Massachusetts registered this cultivar in 1986. It is a large size (18 inches high by 44 inches wide) hybrid of H. 'Beatrice' × an unnamed seedling. It has wide yellow margins and makes a great specimen plant in the landscape. Medium lavender flowers appear from July into August on scapes up to 30 inches tall.

According to The Hostapedia by Mark Zilis (2009), this cultivar "...ranks as one of the Lachmans' best cultivars. The wide, creamy margins contrast sharply with the leaf center."

The New Encyclopedia of Hostas by Diana Grenfell (2009) states: "Origin: H. 'Beatrice' × H. 'Frances Williams'...Slow to establish but eventually becomes a strikingly colorful mound...Wide margins are distinctly feathered with two-tone mottling. Flower scapes have very attractive large variegated bracts surrounding the purple flower buds."

An article by Bob Solberg in The Hosta Journal (1994 Vol. 25 No. 2) states that "William and Eleanor Lachman crossed the better blues of Eric Smith with their own line of variegated 'Beatrice' and 'Flamboyant' hybrids to yield a large group of blue hostas with cream to white variegation - unlike any previously introduced: 'Cherub'...and 'Crusader'...both registered in 1989 are two examples of this breakthrough. Some may also consider the Lachman's earlier introductions of 'Carnival' and 'El Capitan' as breakthroughs for their substance and bright gold edges, although 'Galaxy', their streaked sibling, is of more value to hybridizers. All have 'Beatrice' and some 'Tokudama' in their pedigrees."

H. 'Carnival’ W. & E. Lachman (ONIR) 1986
Plant: 34 in. (86.4 cm) diameter; 16 in. (40.6 cm) high.
Leaf: 27 in. (68.6 cm) long; 9 in. (22.9 cm) wide; 10 vein pairs; dark green center; yellow margin some streaking; glossy on top; slightly corrugated.
Flower: lavender; flared; Amherst, MA; July 7 to Aug. 21.
Seed: seed set unknown.
Clump History: original seedling; Amherst, MA.
[H. 'Beatrice' seedling × unknown]

H. 'Carnival’ W. & E. Lachman (ONIR) RR2010
Plant: 44 in. (111.8 cm) diameter; 18 in. (45.7 cm) high.
Leaf: 9 in. (22.9 cm) long; 7.5 in. (19.1 cm) wide; 12 to 13 vein pairs; medium to dark green; 1 to 1.5 in. (2.5 to 3.8 cm) wide, slightly wavy, creamy yellow margin; dull on top, very shiny under-neath, broadly ovate.
Scape: 30 in. (76.2 cm) long.
Flower: 1.75 in. (4.4 cm) long; medium lavender; Amherst, MA; July 15 to Aug. 7.
Seed: seed set unknown.
Clump History: original seedling; Amherst, MA.
[H. 'Beatrice' seedling × unknown]

bullet H. 'Carousel'
bullet H. 'Cavalcade'
bullet H. 'Celebrity'
bullet H. 'Standing Ovation'
  1. H. 'Festival'
  1. H. 'Tea and Crumpets'
  2. H. 'Sherwood Forest'

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