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Streaked vs. Splashed


I believe the word many of us, for so long, have used to describe unstable 
variegation in hostas has been changed from "streaked" to "splashed" 
according to the American Hosta Society, Glossary of Terms. 

I don't know for sure why the change was made, but I suspect it was because 
"streaked" was being used to describe another characteristic, like "streaked 
to the midrib" referring to margins that occasionally streaked to the center 
of the hosta, rather than being a uniform width all around the leaf edge. A 
good example of this is H. 'Indian Feather' displayed on the front cover of 
the Journal most of use received recently. 

AHS, Glossary of Terms definitions: 

Splashed - having a variegation pattern that has many non-connected light and 
dark variegated sections usually in streaks running nearly parallel to the 
midrib, an unstable form of variegation; i.e. H. 'Beatrice'

Streaked - (see splashed)

Ray Rodgers, Bartonville, IL, CIHS.
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