MyHostas database



Originator(s)Kenji Watanabe 1996

Originfluctuans sport

Size categoryvery large

Plant height x width80x180 cm (31x71 in.)

Leaf length x width32x25 cm (13x10 in.)

Vein pairs13

Leaf colordark green,(yellow>cream) edge


Leafthick, ovate-cordate, wavy, fluctuating



Scape height130 cm (51 in.)

Flowerpale lavender

Flower length6 cm (2.4 in.)


Flowering periodJune - July - August





Info=fluctuans 'Variegated' (former name, declared invalid).
=fluctuans 'Sagae'.
Hosta of the Year for 2000 (HOTY).
Benedict Garden Performance Award 2010.
Of cultivated origin, it was discovered near the town of Sagae in northern Honshu.
Was a legend in Japan long before it reached the West. One of the best hostas.
The name is pronunced: suh-ga-eh (Japanese don't combine vowels).
24" tall. Part Sun to Light Shade. Emerges early in Spring.
Blue green center with bright cream margin. No garden is complete without one.
June brings lavender flowers.
1982 President's Exhibitor Trophy.
1987 Benedict Award.
1991 Alabama Hosta Society Award.
1995 Alex Summers Distinguished Merit Hosta.
Frosted green with irregular yellow margins.
Wavy. Pale violet flowers.
Large broad green leaf with brilliant gold margins.
One of the best available.
Despite the name change after the former name was declared invalid by the International Nomenclature Code, this upright vase shaped large hosta with a satiny blue/grey leaf and a very wide creamy border remains as the finest and most dramatic variegated hosta ever introduced! The pale lavender flowers top the 3' wide clump on 54" scapes in summer.
Broad leaves are frosted green with irregular yellow margins, outstanding plant.
This is my favorite Hosta, bar none. First of all it's unique, you can't mistake it and I don't know of anything else like it, and it hasn't been widely available for very long, so it's still fairly unusual. More important, it is absolutely stunning. I really believe that if you have a yard full of beautiful plants that includes a mature clump of fluctuans 'Variegated', it is likely to be the first plant people point to and say "What's that?" The leaves are large and heart-shaped, with wavy edges and prominent veins. They emerge bright green, margined in deep golden yellow, and later turn to a frosty, silvery gray-green while the margins turn to creamy white. Pale lavender flowers. Someone has decided that this plant should now be called 'Sagae'. Now why do they have to do things like that? I still like the old name and I don't like the new one so I am going to hold out for at least one more year.
Distinctive upright vase shape with long oval leaves that reach skywards. The foliage is moss green with frosty green hues and creamy edge. The leaves have a smooth, silk-like, look to them. A truly regal Hosta! Formally named Hosta fluctuans 'Variegated'. (Plant 24x20)
Very heavy substance. Frosted green leaf with creamy yellow, frequently indented margin. Pale lavender flowers. Good slug resistance. 10" scapes.
One of the best large variegated hostas. May need some protection in early spring.
Formerly known as H. fluctuans 'Variegated'. New name but the same wonderful plant! Heart-shaped leaves are frosted green with wide, irregular margins. The plant has an upright growth habit with an attractive wave. SUPER! Lavender flowers.
Blue-green leaves with 1/4" to 3/4" creamy yellow borders when in high shade. Underside of leaves have a grayish bloom. Pale lavendar flowers.

Sports'Big Hobber' sport/gy
'Clifford's Forest Fire' sport/gy
'Emerald Emperor' sport/gg
'Field of Fire' sport/gy
'Ginryu' sport/gc
'Golden Flame' sport/yy
'Hairline' sport/gw
'Ivory Coast' sport/gw
'Kotei' sport/gy
'Liberty' sport/gy
'Magic Fire' sport/gy
'Majesty' sport/gy
'Ogon Sagae' sport or seedling
'Shiloh' sport/yy
'Sookai' sport/gy
'Super Sagae' sport/gy
'Yellow Flash' sport/

Progeny'Ballroom Bubbles' seedling
'Bases Loaded' = PP x 'Butternut Hill'
'Becca' = 'Sea Gulf Stream' x PP
'Beyond Measure' seedling
'Big Zach' seedling
'Blue Sagae' seedling
'Champ' = PP x 'Sea Gulf Stream'
'Colleen Marie' = PP x 'Sea Gulf Stream'
'Combined Elegance' = PP x 'Sea Gulf Stream'
'Cornerstone' seedling
'Crescendo' hybrid
'Dark Tower' hybrid
'Devon Hills' seedling
'Donna' = 'Christmas Tree Gala' x PP
'Double Eagle' hybrid
'Dr Topper Hagerman' = 'Great Expectations' x PP
'Epic Blue Titan' seedling
'Fat Cat' seedling
'Fritzie' = 'Sea Gulf Stream' x PP
'Glacial Lake' = PP x sieboldiana 'Elegans'
'Great Plains' = PP x 'Tokudama Aureonebulosa'
'Gullivar' seedling
'Gunsmoke' = PP x 'Blue Piecrust'
'H. D. Thoreau' = PP x hypoleuca
'Hawkins' Gold' = 'Sea Gulf Stream' x PP
'High Impact' seedling
'I Dream of Jeanne' seedling
'Isla de Tazas' = 'VII' x PP
'Isla Siete' = 'VII' x PP
'Ivory Tower' hybrid
'Jubilation' = "HB-87-1" x PP
'Kiwi Milky Way' seedling
'Kiwi Skyscraper' hybrid
'Kiwi Waves' selfed
'Kwickie' = 'Sea Gulf Stream' x PP
'Lady Rosemary' = 'Great Expectations' x PP
'Lakeside Surf Rider' = 'Lakeside Ripples' x PP
'Lamppost Blue' seedling
'Legacy of Corydon' = 'Great Expectations' x PP
'Lord Goldwrinkle' = PP x 'Paradigm'
'Lord Puckersheen' = PP x 'Captain Kirk'
'Margaret Eyre' = 'Fascination' x PP
'Marlu's Clayton' seedling
'Marlu's Ronald Wayne' seedling
'Memphis Blue' = PP x 'Tokudama Aureonebulosa'
'Mesa Verde' = montana f. macrophylla x PP
'Midnight Express' hybrid
'Millennium' = 'Herb Benedict' x PP
'Mississippi Gold' hybrid
'Mississippi Mud' hybrid
'Odd Goddess' = PP x 'Sea Gulf Stream'
'Sam Hagerman' seedling
'Sir Adam' = PP x 'Sea Gulf Stream'
'Spacious Skies' hybrid
'Sparta Class of '59' = 'Sea Gulf Stream' x PP
'Thank You' = 'Fascination' x PP
'Turbo' seedling
'Valedictorian' = 'Paradigm' x PP
'Vanguard' = montana f. macrophylla x PP
'Yojimbo' hybrid