Hosta 'Fortunei Aureomarginata'

According to The Hostapedia by Mark Zilis (2009), "H. 'Kifukurin Renge' = H. 'Fortunei Aureomarginata'...H. 'Rocknell' = H. 'Fortunei Aureomarginata'..."

'Fortunei Aureomartinata' is a fast growing, large size (23 inches high by 52 inches wide) hosta that has dark green leaves with a yellow marginal variegation. Pale lavender flowers which are funnel shaped are borne in clusters on 36 inch tall scapes from July into August. It has been considered a great landscape hosta for many decades.

Until Schmid (1991) changed the status of this plant from a species to a cultivar, it had been known as Hosta fortunei 'Aureo-marginata'. It had been registered under that name in 1987 by The American Hosta Society.

According to The Hostapedia by Mark Zilis (2009), this cultivar is "...sold as 'Gold Crown', 'Golden Crown' and H. fortunei 'Yellow Edge'."

From the Field Guide to Hostas by Mark Zilis (2014), " still widely grown and considered an outstanding landscape offers a good growth rate and better than average sun tolerance."

This cultivar has been awarded the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit in the UK.

Mikiko Lockwood in an article on The Hosta Library titled, A Little About Japanese Hosta Terms defines the term kifukurin or ki fukurin as yellow edge(d) or yellow margin(ed) and the term renge as lotus, 'Renge Gibōshi' or H. 'Fortunei'.

An article titled Too Many Lookalikes by Bob Keller in The Hosta Journal (2010 Vol. 41 No. 2) states that, "There are other examples of lookalikes being registered. H. 'Ellerbroek' and 'Fortunei Aureomarginata' are nearly identical in my view..."


An article by Warren I. Pollack 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. 'Fortunei Aureomarginata', H. GOLD CROWN, H. 'Golden Crown', H. 'Green Gold' and H. 'Yellow Band'.


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"Popularly known as 'Gold Crown', this familiar hosta has medium-sized leaves whose dark green center contrasts nicely with a narrow, irregular, yellow margin. It is a quick grower and is great for mass plantings, although it can hold its own as a specimen. It always catches my eye, just as the equally familiar 'Antioch' does. Perhaps it is not on the list because it is so readily available..."

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