Hosta 'Josephine'

An open-pollinated seedling of H. 'Neat Splash', this cultivar was registered by Bob Kuk of Kuk's Forest in Ohio in 1987. The medium size plant has foliage that exhibits inconsistent streaks. Its pale purple flowers bloom from late July into August.


An article by Warren I. Pollock in The Hosta Journal (1997 Vol. 28 No. 2) states that, "Bob Kuk named this plant for his mother...H. 'Josephine' is relatively unstable. It sports to two different hostas. One has leaves that are all green that he named 'Joseph' after Joe Duale, his stepfather...The other sport he named 'Queen Josephine' has green leaves with a wide margin, yellow when it emerges and then becoming creamy white. There is often some slight streaking of the margin toward the midrib...Both 'Joseph' and 'Queen Josephine' are exceptional in that they have very shiny, glossy leaves."

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