Hosta 'Color Glory'

Paul Aden of New York introduced this large size (26 inches high) cultivar in 1980. It is green with multicolor streak variegation. White, bell-shaped flowers are borne on a 32 inch scape. It is a hybrid of H. 'Fascination' × H. 'Intrigue'.

According to The Hostapedia by Mark Zilis (2009), "The registration description of 'Color Glory' does not match the plant being sold in the nursery trade. The registered plant probably no longer exists, while the gold-centered H. 'Sieboldiana'-type can be commonly found. The latter appears to be the same as 'Borwick Beauty'."


As mentioned above, the plant commonly sold as H. 'Color Glory' is not the same as the one registered under that name. The Genus HOSTA by W. George Schmid (1991) lists the descriptions; 1) as they appear in the registration for The American Hosta Society and 2) the traits of the plant being sold.

Registration Description Commercial Plant Traits
26 inches high by 34 inches wide 30 inches high by 40 inches wide
Leaf 5 by 4 inches Leaf 9 by 8 inches
Green with multicolor streaks Blue-green with yellow medial (center)
Cordate, flat leaves Round-cordate, cupped, rugose leaves
Funnel shape flowers Bell shape flowers
Sterile Fertile
H. 'Fascination' × H. 'Intrigue' Sport of H. 'Elegans'

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 York."

An article about H. 'Forncett Frances' by Warren I. Pollock in The Hosta Journal (1996 Vol. 27 No. 1) states that, "This hosta was found at the Four Seasons nursery in St. Mary, Norwich, Norfolk, England...The leaves of 'Forncett Frances' are not as bright as those of 'Color Glory' (Aden) which is a sport of 'Frances Williams' and also having this hosta's reversed variegation."

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'.


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  1. H. 'Great Village'
  2. H. 'Mr. Spock'
  1. H. 'I'm My Kid's Mom'
  2. H. 'Regal Glory' (Benedict)
  3. H. 'Regal Glory' (Elslager)

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