MyHostas.net Database                                                       Schmid Species Article 1, 2

sieboldiana is an extremely variable cultivated species. A selected clonal form named ‘Gray Cole’ (Kuk) best exemplifies the Western form, which can reach immense proportions. The cultivated population includes many seedlings which have been selected for conformity to the accepted norm. Well over 100 named cultivars look very much like the idealized form of this species, which is a cultivar form and many Japanese naturalists have reported to that they have never encountered such plants  in the wild. The species as represented in the West is clearly hybridized, but has been treated as a species since the 1830s.

sieboldiana

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sieboldiana

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sieboldiana

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