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Re: OLD HOMESTEAD Hosta


At 07:37 PM 6/19/98 -0400, you wrote:
>I have noticed that Ventricosa is another possibility? 
>
Hi, peri.  The leaf of ventricosa is proportionately shorter and wider hat
what you describe, has a different venation, and dark purple flowers
streaked with white.  Yours does sound like undulata 'Erromena'.  Here is
the description from Schmid's "The Genus Hosta" (where it is listed under
H. undulata var. erromena):  "plant size 20-36" diameter, 18" high [I
should interject that Schmid doesn't mention that although a single plant
is app. 18" tall, large clumps can be almost twice that, as the leaves in
the center stretch toward the sun].  Vernal leaf 5-8 by
3-5"...ovate-cordate to ovate...wavy in the margin...bright shiny green
above [I think he made a mistake there; it's not particularly shiny],
lighter green below and very glossy.  Venation 7-8...Anthers purple-dotted,
appearing uniformly purple.  Sterile."


Sheila Smith
mikecook@pipeline.com
Niles, MI  USA, Z 5/6

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