Pic of the Day--Mountain Snow

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Pic of the Day--Mountain Snow

Postby Hank Zumach » Feb 03, 2008 11:42 am

Hi all--Today's variety, Mountain Snow, was purchased in 1997. Since 2000 it has been in a spot that gets an hour or two of mid-day sun. Like all the montanas, Mountain Snow is very slow to emerge. It has also been somewhat slow to grow in our garden. It had reached a size of 46x18 in its 6th year. The next year it was attacked by some sort of borer that led to crown rot and it took a few years to recover from that setback, measuring 48x22 last summer. Regardless of its size, this is a very nice variety, with attractive foliage that has good slug resistance.

Registry - http://www.hostaregistrar.org/detail.ph ... ain%20Snow
MyHostas - http://myhostas.be/db/hostas/Mountain+Snow
Hosta Library - http://www.hostalibrary.org/m/moun.html

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Postby FreakyCola » Feb 04, 2008 12:59 am

Hank, is Montana Mountain Snow & Mountain Snow the same hosta? I've seen it listed both ways & didn't know if it might not be the one I want if it doesn't say Montana first.
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Postby ViolaAnn » Feb 04, 2008 9:00 am

I think the two are the same, but let's see what Hank says.

I have what we think is Montana Mountain Snow. Was sent to me mislabelled as Outhouse Delight. Nursery allowed as it could likely be MMS as they were both in the same row. I ended up getting a free Hosta as they sent me Outhouse delight the next year.

Mine will have to be moved into the new garden this year as I don't have nearly enough space for it in its current location.

This is what it looked like in late July, its second year in my garden.

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Postby DBoweMD » Feb 04, 2008 10:00 am

Just a correction about emergence, not all Montanas emerge late.
M. Aureomarginata is an early riser, while Mountain snow and "Choko Nishiki" (aka "On Stage") are late risers.
I really like Mountain Snow once it gets big, but it takes a long time.
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Postby Hank Zumach » Feb 04, 2008 12:29 pm

Hi--I'm not sure what the pros have set up as the rules on name. I seem to recall reading that botanists would want plants that are derived directly from a species would have the species name given first. So, montana Mountain Snow would be the more technically correct name but most of us hobbyists simply drop the 'montana' and only use 'Mountain Snow'.

Dave--Right you are. I'll try to remember to correct that reference if I do the POTD in the future.
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Postby Chris_W » Feb 04, 2008 6:38 pm

It was registered as Hosta 'Mountain Snow', so that would be considered the correct name.

Interestingly enough this was registered as a white margined sport of montana Aureomarginata, but as Dave mentioned Mountain Snow is very late to emerge, right around the same time as On Stage, so clearly there is no direct relation between Mountain Snow and montana Aureomarginata since MA is very early to rise.
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