Colors of autumn

mosswitchOctober 11, 2012

This is an Elifino (hell if I know) that I have never for sure identified. Gorgeous in summer, but oh, my! the color change in the fall! I love it!

Sandy

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Steve Massachusetts Zone 5b

Where did you get this plant from? It looks rather strange to me.

Steve

    Bookmark   October 11, 2012 at 5:14PM
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mosswitch

I have had this plant for some 15 yrs, Steve. Don't know where I got it, any more.

Here's a summer picture.

    Bookmark   October 11, 2012 at 5:26PM
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Moccasin(z9aMobileAL)

Sandy, that plant is a shape-shifter, it goes through many patterns and colors, and I've seen nothing like it.....in pictures at least, since I don't get to visit any hosta gardens.

How can you tell if it is sporting or just growing normally?
What a show it puts on!

    Bookmark   October 11, 2012 at 6:53PM
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mosswitch

Captain Kirk is showing somewhat that same kind of color change. Wonder if is in response to the heat and drought? Stunning, tho!

Sandy

    Bookmark   October 11, 2012 at 7:00PM
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almosthooked

Love the name and love the plant.. elifino is perfect!

    Bookmark   October 11, 2012 at 7:10PM
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Steve Massachusetts Zone 5b

That's a really different variegation pattern that I haven't seen before. I wonder if it's a sport of something or if it has sported into something different. Has it remained stable for the 15 years that you've had it?

Steve

    Bookmark   October 11, 2012 at 8:25PM
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mosswitch

It's always looked like this, Steve. Holds up well in summer, looks like this in fall. One of my prettiest hostas but darned if I know what it is. If it's a sport of something, it happened before I got it.

    Bookmark   October 11, 2012 at 8:45PM
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Steve Massachusetts Zone 5b

Maybe Paradise Joyce? Take a look at the library pics on that and see what you think.

Steve

    Bookmark   October 12, 2012 at 1:25PM
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mosswitch

Kinda looks like it, but not, I think. Not old enough, has to have been before 2001; flowers in mid summer, earlier than PJ. This one had to be a plant that was at the nursery where I worked in the 80's, I think, if I had to guess where it came from. There were never any Paradise hostas.

I had thought it might be Paul's Glory for a while but I no longer think so. I have 3 of those and it really looks nothing like them.

Sandy

    Bookmark   October 12, 2012 at 1:49PM
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hostaLes(5)

Sandy, if I see H. 'Elifino' at my local garden center next spring I am going to buy it. That is one Elofafine looking hosta.

Les

    Bookmark   October 13, 2012 at 8:57AM
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hostaLes(5)

I just went back and relooked at your pic and then a pic of my PG. Mine had a section of the crown that threw up pets with leaves heavily variegated like that. My plan is that if it does it again in spring to seperate a piece and see if it holds up.

I would be absolutely thrilled to check the AHS register next year and find H. 'Elifino', from SW MO. registered. There are so many look-alikes but yours would no be one of them Sandy.

Les

    Bookmark   October 13, 2012 at 9:06AM
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