Hosta 'Minuteman'

This is a sport of H. 'Francee' that was found in a group of seedlings by John Machen, Jr of Virginia. The same group of hosta seedlings at Mobjack Nursery also produced H. 'Patriot'. Both cultivars were registered in 1994. This is a 'Fortunei' type hosta.

'Minuteman' forms a large size (23 inches high by 50 inches wide) mound of slightly wavy, occasionally cupped and slightly corrugated foliage. It produces medium lavender flowers from late July into August but rarely forms seed pods.

According to The Hostapedia by Mark Zilis (2009), this cultivar " one of two tetraploid versions of 'Francee' found at Mobjack Nurseries in the early 1990s. It has become fairly common, only exceeded by 'Patriot'...differs from 'Patriot' in having a whiter margin and darker green centers."


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. 'Minuteman', H. 'Patriot' and H. 'Trailblazer'.


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