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HostaGreat Expectations


Originator(s)John Bond/Paul Aden 1988

Originsieboldiana 'Elegans' sport or hybrid

Size categorylarge

Plant height x width75x150 cm (30x59 in.)

Leaf length x width32x25 cm (13x10 in.)

Vein pairs15-18

Leaf colorpale yellow>creamy white,blue-green edge


Leafthick, very corrugated


Scapecreamy white

Scape height75 cm (30 in.)

Flowernear white

Flower length6 cm (2.4 in.)


Flowering periodJune - July





Info=sieboldiana 'Great Expectations'.
Alex J. Summers Distinguished Merit Hosta 1992.
20" tall. Part Sun to Light Shade. 50-90% shade.
Absolutely gorgeous plant. Chartreuse center turns creamy white.
Dark green margin with bluish cast and streaks to center. White flowers in July.
1994 AHS President's Trophy; 1994 Benedict Award.
Yellow center in spring turns white later. Dark green irregular margin, streaking to the center. Cordate, rugose leaves 6" x 4". 33" scapes with white flowers.
An outstanding beauty, green with creamy white center.
What can we say that hasn't been said about the most beautiful hosta available today? This sport of H. sieboldiana 'Elegans' from England has a fabulous cream center (emerging gold in early spring) surrounded by a dramatic wide blue green edge... sure to brighten any garden. The medium sized clump to 30" wide is topped with near white flowers in early summer... once you see it you gotta have it!
H. 'Great Expectations' needs morning sun or very open shade to grow properly.
Extremely wide, irregular margins of blue-green enveloping a yellow-cream center. A real prize when mature, requires good light and grows slowly; near white flowers.
A sport of sieboldiana 'Elegans', one of the most beautiful of all the hostas.  In our retail display area, this one and 'Sum and Substance' are probably our two most popular plants.  Large, heavily puckered leaves are yellow-cream in the center with wide irregular blue and green margins.  White flowers in June.
Extremely wide margins of blue-green, yellow-cream centers. Possibly a natural sport of H. sieboldiana 'Elegans'.
This one catches everyone's eye! 1997 AlaHoSo Award winner. White flowers.
Medium-large plant originated in England. Yellow mottled leaves with border of several colors of green.
Flowers white.

Sports'Audra's Expectations' sport/cg
'Buffalo Bill' sport/gg
'Dream Queen' sport/yg
'Dream Weaver' sport/yg
'Fantastic Fullfillment' sport/yb
'Foxfire X Philes' sport/wg
'Golden Great Expectations' sport/yy
'Great American Expectations' sport/yg
'Great Arrival' sport/gy
'Great Surprise' sport/gy
'J. D.'s Luck' sport/wg
'Mutley's Rest' sport/yg
'Paradise Expectations' sport/by
'Richland Blue' sport/bb
'Richmond Blue' sport/bb
'Supreme Expectations' sport/yg

Progeny'China Gold' seedling
'Dr Topper Hagerman' = PP x 'Sagae'
'Lady Rosemary' = PP x 'Sagae'
'Legacy of Corydon' = PP x 'Sagae'
'Mike Shadrack' = PP x 'Rock and Roll'
'Particle Accelerator' seedling
'Tidal Pool' seedling
'Unexpected Company' hybrid