The American Hosta Society Welcomes You
The Hosta Registry is a service provided to you by The American Hosta Society
in its capacity as the International Registration Authority from the Genus
Hosta. Hosta enthusiasts, growers, hybridizers, nurserymen, and
horticulturists will find this growing resource an invaluable tool.
Under the “searches” menu you will find various search
utilities that allow you to retrieve information from the official
registry database for the plant genus Hosta. Some of these
searches are for cultivar name, hybridizer name, leaf color, leaf
characteristics, and plant parentage.
Please note that there are three "buttons" under "Cultivar Name" and
"Hybridizer." Please note that if the correct button is not selected
your search may come up empty. For example, entering Walek will turn
up nothing if the "Beginning of Name" button is selected, but
will produce results if either "End of Name" or "Anywhere in Name" are
selected. For purposes of this database, by "Hybridizer" we are referring
to any of the registrant, originator, introducer, or nominant.
As we get comments, and reformat parts of the database
to be more conducive to searches, more searches will be added.
When you click the "checklists" button on the menu you are
taken to a page where you may review all the Hosta Cultivar Registration
Checklists that have been published through The American Hosta Society. Thes
e are available as PDF documents.
Under the "registration" menu we are developing an online
cultivar registration form, printable form, and other documentation
essential to the registration process for a new cultivar.
We are hopeful of having this online by May 2009.
Finally, I have obtained the original registration records for all
cultivars from the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. In the next
few months I will be researching these materials to make any changes
I am allowed to make under the code. Please let me know of any
data in the database that seems out of the ordinary to aid me in my
review of the historic files.
We are also planning on adding the original
registration pictures, or drawings, and over time, add pictures of
mature clumps and if funding permits, pictures of individual leaves to
aid in identification and for leaf show classification. Leaf
show classes also will be added as time permits.
Kevin P. Walek
Immediate Past Registrar