Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Hosta of the Day - 'Jewel of the Nile'

Last week when writing about streaked hostas I mentioned hosta unstability and reverting.  I decided to feature Hosta 'Jewel of the Nile' to show what that looks like in hostas.  'Jewel of the Nile' is an unstable sport of hosta 'Dee's Golden Jewel'.  'Jewel of the Nile' is unique in that every leaf can have a different look to it.  Some will be green with gold margins, others gold with green streaks, etc.  I have seen some beautiful 'Jewel of the Nile's which is why I decided to take a chance on it.  Below you will see mine.  In 2009 all of the leaves are green with a gold margin, but by 2011 half of my plant has reverted back to all gold ('Dee's Golden Jewel').  You can dig up the hosta and separate off the part that has reverted back to all gold, but this is a hosta that reverts very quickly compared to others.  So I am not going to tell you not to buy this hosta, but if you do, you will probably have to do maintenance on this plant to keep it from reverting back to all gold (and even that can't be guaranteed).
'Jewel of the Nile' 2009
'Jewel of the Nile' 2011

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