Patriot Sport

sandysoil_2008(6 MA)August 5, 2014

I was checking out the hostas at a small nursery close to me and one of the Patriots was trying to get my attention. I took a closer look and it looked like it was sporting to me. So, of course, it had to come home with me.

The leaves are all marked differently. Is this an indication of instability? Will it come back next year with these markings or will it become a regular Patriot?

I'm thrilled to bits with my changeling Patriot!


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Babka NorCal 9b

I would be thrilled too. Each leaf looks like a watercolor painting. Only time will tell. See what happens next year.


    Bookmark   August 5, 2014 at 11:10PM
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Great find!

    Bookmark   August 6, 2014 at 6:47AM
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hosta_freak(z6 NC)

Definitely a sport! Streaked hostas are notoriously unstable,but lets hope yours comes back the same way. Great find,whatever happens! Phil

    Bookmark   August 6, 2014 at 9:38AM
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evermore_gw z 4/5 NB

Gorgeous. Patent it. Tell us how to get one. Hmm. Needs a name: maybe "Patrick Henry" (to continue the Patriot theme). I sure hope this one hangs on.


    Bookmark   August 6, 2014 at 3:12PM
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Absolutely fantastic, ...Sandys, good luck with your potential treasure!

    Bookmark   August 6, 2014 at 5:54PM
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donrawson(Z 5)

Nice plant...The streaked sport of Patriot (like yours) is more common than what you may think. I'm using one in my current hybridizing program and know a couple others are as well, Surprisingly, the streaked Patriot in my garden is setting seed much better than the stable version...and I'm not sure why...go figure

    Bookmark   August 6, 2014 at 8:20PM
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donrawson(Z 5)

Here's my streaked Patriot...

    Bookmark   August 6, 2014 at 8:23PM
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sandysoil_2008(6 MA)

Thanks for all the compliments.

Steve, I was thinking "Plymouth Pilgrim" since I found it in Plymouth. Not really a patriotic or Revolutionary name but historic and in Massachusetts. Never thought about getting a patent on it until you mentioned it.

Don, your streaker is beautiful. How old is it? I'm a novice since I've only been into hostas for three years. So I know nothing about patents and creating new hostas. But I'm going to jump into the deep end of the pool and patent my streaker. And see how it develops next year.


    Bookmark   August 6, 2014 at 11:42PM
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Babka NorCal 9b

You don't know for sure if that is from a tc bunch of Patriots or if it got in there from another batch of tc's. (Most likely it did and it was overlooked) You didn't do the tc-ing., so you cannot state that it is from Patriot.

Unless you grow it for a few years, how will you know if it is unlike other streaked Patriots? Plus it ain't cheap to get a patent. No one will wish to buy a streaked hosta that doesn't keep it's streaks and isn't fertile. Is yours?

Time will tell. Think this through.


    Bookmark   August 7, 2014 at 2:07AM
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Very nice, Sheila! I hope it stays good and unstable for you.

Don B.

    Bookmark   August 7, 2014 at 3:58AM
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What a little stunner! Patrick Henry would be a wonderful name! Great eye, I would have picked that one up too! :)

    Bookmark   August 7, 2014 at 12:46PM
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