Hosta of the Day #2 - Grand Slam

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Hosta of the Day #2 - Grand Slam

Postby redcrx » Nov 02, 2014 9:50 am

Grand Slam is thought to be a "select form of H. longpipes var. latifolia". (Hmm, this seems to be a variant spelling of longipes - I never noticed the "p" in the middle but it seems to be all over the Web.)

There has been discussion on this forum about a similarity to Marilyn Monroe viewtopic.php?f=1&t=55132&p=477251&hilit=grand+slam#p477251
since MM is a type of longipes latifolia seedling. I think Marilyn Monroe has a more rippled edge than Grand Slam.

Registry - http://www.hostaregistrar.org/detail.php?id=2794&Variety=Grand%20Slam
MyHostas - http://myhostas.be/db/hostas/Grand+Slam
Hosta Library - http://www.hostalibrary.org/g/grandslam.html

I have had Grand Slam growing in my garden since 2009.

Here it is in 2011.
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That's Mr Blue in the background.
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Re: Hosta of the Day #2 - Grand Slam

Postby redcrx » Nov 02, 2014 9:55 am

Grand Slam late in the 2012 season

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And Grand Slam late in the 2013 season
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Re: Hosta of the Day #2 - Grand Slam

Postby redcrx » Nov 02, 2014 9:58 am

More of Grand Slam late in the 2013 season

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Re: Hosta of the Day #2 - Grand Slam

Postby redcrx » Nov 02, 2014 10:19 am

Grand Slam late in the 2014 season

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And a comparison of the flowers of Grand Slam and longipes latifolia - I was curious.
Grand Slam on the left with longipes latifolia in the center and rupifraga on the right
19Grand Slam & longipes latifolia & rupifraga 14 01806zb58-9-22.jpg

20Grand Slam & longipes latifolia & rupifraga 14 01804zb76-9-22.jpg

Grand Slam and longipes latifolia have the same flower.
I was comparing with rupifraga because the database write-up mentioned something about rupifraga "in the trade" being longipes latifolia. This flower is definitely different.
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Re: Hosta of the Day #2 - Grand Slam

Postby redcrx » Nov 02, 2014 10:41 am

Not really a Grand Slam point but I felt I left something undone in the last post. I didn't have a good photo comparing the 3 flowers from the front only from the side. Here is longipes latifolia and rupifraga from the front. longipes latifolia looks the same as Grand Slam so that's not an issue.

Grand Slam & longipes latifolia & rupifraga 14 01811zbpb-9-22.jpg

Clearly a difference - rupifraga is lighter and the central color swath does not descend into the center of the flower the way it does on longipes latifolia.
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