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Re: Sum and Substance Sports (II)

Open Robins,

I forgot to make comments on the one made by Jane Spencer that all of
the S&S sports are the same plant, just different names to separate
people from their money.

If one studies each sport named and described by different people, you
will find indeed that some of them may be identical. There is a rush
going on out there to get there first with a name, a description and a
registration to lay claim to a new hosta sport. This is one of the fun
games we play in hosta gardening.

But the plants are NOT all identical. Study the Hosta Wheels. You will
find most are different because they have differnet pigmentation in
leaves. The pigmentation differences are due to mutation of plastids,
largely, but sometimes due to shifts of constituent tissues, reversions,
perhaps nuclear mutations of genes or chromosomes changes which give
them different variegation patterns and different colors. They are
placed on the "hosta wheel" in their specific location based upon their
color and variegation pattern differences. Learn about this
classification system of different sports. You will be amazed at how
much more you will understand about hostas...making it more interesting
and satisfying.

Jim Hawes Oakland MD

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