Whilst I see and accept the "chicken & egg" dilemma you
are pondering upon I do disagree with you about the naming of "sported"
streakies. I do however feel that great restraint is required as far as
I just can't see what the actual disadvantage there is in
straight forwardly naming/registering a streaked version of an already
registered hosta compared to leaving it to be labelled a rather clumsy
"streaked version of ......" or ".H A B C..Supreme)
Perhaps when a stable version of a (new) hosta is registered
the introducer should also register the (new) streaked plant, assuming it is
still around and didnt totally morph in to the stable plant. Some recent
registrations from the same originator seem to follow that avenue.
Incidentally I seem to remember Preston Littleton pointing out
to me that it is prefectly possible to have two streaked versions of the same
(stable) hosta registered/named. I forget the example quoted to me, but for
example I have a streaked Summer Fragrance which does seem different from Edwin
Bibby (more green/yellow that white/green). Both came from the same nursery
however so I hesitate (as many others do when finding very similar stable
sports already found elsewhere from the same hosta) to name it.
Please let us know where your musings take you. I do feel
this is a subject that won't go away.
Tim over the pond