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Masquerade (Japan 09)

Photo by Toyozo Nakayama

Masquerade (Japan 09)

Photo by Bob Axmear

Masquerade (Japan 09)

Photo by Denise Nakon

Masquerade (Japan 09)

Photo by Sue Smith

Masquerade (Japan 09)

Photo by Hank Zumach

Masquerade (Japan 09)

Photo by Wolfgang Putz

Masquerade (Japan 09)

Photo by Carol Brashear

Masquerade (Japan 09)

Photo by Pol Foerier

'Masquerade', formerly known as venusta 'Variegated', makes a small mound 6 x 18" wide. The white-centered leaves have a striking green margin. These white centers sometimes turn green during the summer. The leaves are elliptic in shape with little substance. The scapes range from 6" to 22". Diana Grenfell renamed the hosta. It arrived in this country in the early 1980s and the origins are still debated. Mark Zilis posits that some characteristics including the flowers are close to venusta, that it could be a hybrid of sieboldii x venusta back-crossed to venusta -- possibly a second or third generation seedling.