Lutescent or Viridescent?

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Lutescent or Viridescent?

Postby Don Rawson » Feb 12, 2017 5:02 pm

Please help me determine if the following hostas are lutescent or viridescent. Lutescent hostas become golder throughout the season. On the other hand, viridescent hostas become greener throughout the season. Which of the following are lutescent and which are viridesent?

‘Atom Smasher’
‘Bitsy Gold’
‘Chartreuse Wiggles’
‘Dawn’
‘Eola Salad Bowl’
‘Frisian Pride’
‘Inca Gold’
‘Laterna Magica’
‘O’Harra’
‘Purple and Gold’
‘School Bus’
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Re: Lutescent or Viridescent?

Postby Chris_W » Feb 12, 2017 5:59 pm

Off the top of my head I can tell you that Frisian Pride is viridescent, starting bright yellow and turning green. I would have to look up the rest.
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Re: Lutescent or Viridescent?

Postby Tigger » Feb 13, 2017 11:44 am

Frankly, I'm hard pressed to think of any solid-color hostas that actually get more gold as the season progresses, despite their presence on your current list. Maybe 'Little Miss Sunshine'? But of those on your list here, I only have 'Dawn' and 'Frisian Pride'.

Perhaps some see this "golding up" differently that I do, or it's a simple matter of sun exposure brightening hostas that come up gold, tend toward green and then lighten in later summer sun.

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