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HostaStitch in Time


Originator(s)Rob Mortko 2004

Origin'Summer Breeze' sport

Size categorysmall - medium

Plant height x width20x50 cm (8x20 in.)

Leaf length x width15x14 cm (6x6 in.)

Vein pairs6-8

Leaf colordark green,yellow edge


Leafthick, unruly



Scape height 

Flowerpale lavender

Flower length 


Flowering periodJune - July





InfoPP18061 (18/9/2007).
Irregular dark green center, wide margin. Different, a polyploid chimera?
I remember seeing this for the first time and thinking...Wow! This stunning introduction from Rob Mortko is undoubtedly one of the more unusual hostas that we have ever grown. H. 'Stitch in Time' is the plant we all hoped for with H. 'Embroidery'. The unusual sport of H. 'Last Dance' features broad, golden leaves, complimented with a small, dark green pattern that appears to be stitched into the leaf center. This has proven very difficult to propagate, even with tissue culture, so don't expect this to ever become widely available or low priced. The 2' wide clump is topped with a 2' spike of lavender flowers in midsummer.
Few hostas enter the market and rise to "cult status" seemingly overnight. Hosta 'Stitch in Time' gained instant appeal among hosta collectors "in the know". This most unusual sport of 'Summer Breeze' discovered by nurseryman Rob Mortko of Kansas City, features thick, vivid yellow leaves centered by an uneven green interior. A specimen hosta for a choice garden spot. Extraordinary!

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