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a great hosta

<< When one considers a Hosta for his personal "list"  what does that 
  individual look for ?  I would be intrested to have some thoughts, on 
  what really makes a "great" hosta.
  Ran  >> >>

Well Ran, a great hosta should have dark green glossy leaves.  The rosette of
leaves should be rather flattened and the leaves should be loosely
overlapping.  About eighteen inches across is a good size (as in many
commodities a 24" and 36" should also be available).  In the center of this
great hosta should be 18/20 inch flower stalks with the individual flowers
around the stalk (not one sided).  The flowers should come in white, purple or
stripes.  There should be about eight or ten flower stalks all at once in the
center rather like a bouquet.  The flowers should be long lasting and with the
leaves have heavy substance.  This would be an ideal border plant having the
ability to withstand quite a bit of sun without a water supply nearby.  If at
all possible two or three bloom periods per summer would allow it to rival
Stella and you would be become famous overnight.  Or,at least I would buy a
dozen or so.

Claire Peplowski
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