Hosta of the Month

March 2006


A specimen of H. 'Patriot' shown in a garden setting

Why we chose this hosta...

"Wow!"  This word simplifies the reaction one gets looking at a mature clump of H. 'Patriot', one of the most attractive and distinct hosta varieties available on the market today.  This hosta rates in the "top ten" of our favorites.  Many people think of hostas as only "green" or "green and white."  Well... 'Patriot' is green and very white!  This fantastic hosta belongs in every collection and stands out from the rest.  H. 'Patriot' was chosen as 1997 Hosta of the Year by the American Hosta Grower's Association and is sure to remain high on the popularity poll for years to come.

Features of this hosta...

'Patriot' is a sport of the well known hosta 'Francee' but it is a tetraploid hosta, meaning that it has double the chromosomes.  More chromosomes causes thicker leaf substance and a wider margin, which is obvious just looking at the picture above.  At the time it was introduced to the market, this hosta was a smash!  It has now become a gardening favorite and a classic!  This hosta has many ornamental features, particularly the amount of white that is visible in a mature clump.  One word that describes the appearance of this great hosta is showy!  Our display clumps literally glow in the evening light, sometimes making us pause with admiration.   

 'Patriot' was discovered in a batch of 'Francee' that were being grown in a nursery.  This variety was introduced to the hosta world by John Machen of Mobjack Nursery in Virginia.  We sat across the table from this man one time following a garden tour and on display were three huge specimen clumps of this variety.  When asked if he was proud of what visitors saw, he responded with a huge smile!  That smile said it all!  Thank you for giving the gardening community such a worthy garden plant, John!


A detailed photo of 'Patriot' at Shades of Green with impressive variegation! 

'Patriot' is available at Shades of Green!

We hope this information is helpful! 

Tim and Bonnie