I'm not even sure I agree with myself. I agree that everything (probably)
needs a name, but when you name a streaked form of a plant, I'm not sure
what you are naming. How do you define a plant that changes constantly?
Presumably, the streaked plant should be highly streaked. If it's
Delta Force when you get it, is it still Delta Force when it looses half
it's variegation? When it's almost but not quite stabilized? Or only when
it looks like it did when it was named? I don't know.
Sometimes I sits and I ponders, sometimes I just sits.
I've got about 300 streaked breeders here that I have to think of names
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 seedlings go.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
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