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Breeder's Choice (K Vaughn 87)

Photo by Carol Brashear

Breeder's Choice (K Vaughn 87)

Photo by Carol Brashear

Breeder's Choice (K Vaughn 87)

Photo by Bob Axmear

Breeder's Choice (K Vaughn 87)

Photo by Stuart Asch

Breeder's Choice (K Vaughn 87)

Photo by Jamie Freer

Breeder's Choice (K Vaughn 87)

Photo by Viktoria Serafin

'Breeder's Choice' was introduced by Kevin Vaughn and Mildred Seaver in 1987. A welcome addition to a hybridizer's garden, the plant will continue to produce a certain percentage of streaked seedlings until it "settles down." It is a small to medium plant (16 x 12") with scapes 30" tall. The seed pods may be mottled too, an indication that the seeds within the pod might produce more variegated offspring. The color of the leaf is registered as medium green with creamy yellow stripes that become near white as the summer progresses. The pollen parent is 'Frances Williams'; the pod parent is 'Beatrice'. It has bell-shaped lavender flowers and is still expensive, like many of the unstable breeders. Of course, it will eventually stabilize (see below). There are a number of ways to prolong the instability. You can cut out divisions which have stable (patterned) leaves, leaving the streaked plant to produce its seed. You can cut stable leaves off right down to the crown, hoping that variegated leaf buds will come through. The technique of bud isolation might help you to reestablish a plant which has largely "settled down". The Hosta Journal offers some good articles on things you might try. The oldest and the truest appears to be Benedict's clump division.