outstanding large size (20 inches high by 50 inches wide) hosta was registered by
Rick and Criss Thompson of Virginia in 1991. It is a sport of the classic, H. 'Gold Standard'.
This fast growing cultivar forms a mound of slightly wavy, smooth textured foliage
of average substance. It bears pale lavender flowers from mid-July into
followed by viable seeds.
The Hostapedia by Mark Zilis (2009), this cultivar "...has been very
popular among landscapers, gardeners, and collectors alike. Its
notably thicker foliage and much wider green margin are the main
differences from its mother plant, 'Gold Standard'...displays a
narrow band of white between the leaf center and margin...an
incredible source of mutations, nearly all through
The New Encyclopedia of Hostas by
Grenfell (2009) states: "Careful placement in the garden is essential to
achieve the most pleasing seasonal and light-level
variations in leaf color. Moderate to fast growth
rate...As originally registered, it has only a few
silver-white flecks, but later versions can have the
flecking nearly all around the blade."
has appeared on several of the Popularity Polls by members of The American Hosta Society
(see below). It was the
2005 "Hosta of the Year" by the
American Hosta Growers Association.
Former President of The American Hosta Society,
C.H. Falstad comments on the stability of colors in hosta leaves in
Hosta Journal (2006 Vol. 37 No. 1), "For some
reason, cultivars in the Fortunei Group, in particular 'Fortunei Hyacinthina', are much more prone to sporting than most other varieties. These hostas are the source of some of the early-found, popular variegated sports
including 'Francee'...and 'Gold Standard'. ..and some more recent finds such as
An article titled H. 'Lapdance' versus H. 'Lap Dance' by Joshua Spece in
Hosta Journal (2008 Vol. 39 No.2) pointed out that Greg
Johnson registered a hosta called H. 'Lap Dance' in 2004. It is a miniature
seedling of H. 'Happiness' with narrow leaves that grow vertically. The color is
blue-green with a lighter blue-green center. A sport of H. 'Striptease' from
Steve Karbula has been given the name H. 'Lapdance'. The registered version is
the officially accepted name and H. 'Lapdance' would probably have to be renamed
A Photo Essay article by Steve Chamberlain in
Hostta Journal (2010 Vol. 41 No. 1) makes comments about
H. 'Striptease', "Rick and Criss Thompson registered this sport of 'Gold Standard' in 1991. Although the white streak between the leaf center and leaf
margin made this cultivar famous, I find it almost too subtle to be a major part
of the plant's character as it matures. It is, however, an incredibly vigorous
cultivar and, with age, makes a striking large clump."