In order to speed things up and make the routine a little more user friendly I have decided to make the size of the files used smaller by sorting the comparisons into categories, and that's what we have here now. You can now narrow your search by using the parameters outlined below. Taking this approach will make it easier to help identify those dreaded NOIDS. By clicking on the links below a new window/tab will open with your chosen search parameters.
This is very much a work in progress, please keep that in mind.
The generation of the new search lists involves looking at literally each and every page in the Hosta Library, that's not gonna go very fast! I've decided to put this new 'landing page' in place to give you an idea of what it may change to in time to come, but quite frankly I don't expect that to be finished until probably year's end. It'll be a teaser for a while, but there you go, there's only one of me!
For some time to come you should use this link here just below, which will take you to the 'old' format and will continue to be the must useful.
Original, full side-by-side comparison list and as said, the only you should be using! The ones below are teasers of what's possibly to come. I'm slowly expanding the lists and my crawl through the HL now has me in the 'B' section. Bear with me, as time goes on the ones below will be better populated and thus more useful.
The links below are links to lists with a narrower search scope. Give them a try, PUHLEAZE! Please note that you may find a given cultivar on more than one list, since they fit 2 or more parameters, such as a green-leaved hosta with red petioles.
Red-Leaved Hostas, of which there aren't terribly many..
Narrow-Leaved Hostas, and I'll pretty much follow the list laid out by Don Rawson
Red-Petioled Hostas it's difficult to draw a line in the sand where to just call it a mere blush and where to call it 'red', so having said that, I'll pretty much follow Don's list.
Streaked Hostas which includes misted-leaved and speckled-leaved as well
Variegated Hostas both medio and edge, since there really doesn't appear to be a full proof way to make a reliable and accepted distinction
This page should stay open in a window or tab unless you deliberately close it. I'm open to suggestions at this early stage about what other narrowed search/comparison parameters to implement, but that's something that has to be communicated quickly because once I'm out of the 'A' in the HL I'm not very likely to go back and do it all again! And I'm now out of the 'A' section and well into the 'B'....
It occurred to me the other day while walking around in the garden that it would be quite helpful to be able to scroll through the pictures in the HL single file style rather than side-by-side because what you want to compare is right in front of you!
With that in mind, here's a link to the single-file style for the full list. But I think you'll find the narrow search results more useful for that purpose. Here they are:
Blue-Leaved, single file
Gold-Leaved, single file
Green-leaved, single file
Narrow_leaved, single file
Red-Petioled, single file
Streaked, single file
Variegated, single file
Let me know what you think! , please.