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Postby buster » Apr 22, 2005 11:16 pm


sure looks like it to me...or am I wrong?

anyone have a "Wild Bill"Hosta?

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Postby Chris_W » Apr 22, 2005 11:35 pm

Well, I've heard that Wild Bill is not caused by Hosta Virus X. One thing about it that is a little different is that the coloring on gold leaves caused by hosta virus X seems to originate near the veins and go out from there. The mottled streaking always tends to follow the veins. On Wild Bill the color variations are more in between the veins and not just along them.

Personally, and don't get mad you 'Wild Bill' lovers, I don't find this kind of look very appealing :???:
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Postby wishiwere » Apr 23, 2005 7:26 am

I think that hosta should have been called measles or roseola! Those ones always look like an ill child to me and scare me away from buying them, so I'll wait till the jury is in from someone that gets one tested! :)
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Postby JoshS » Apr 23, 2005 9:31 am

Wild Bill also turns solid green as the season progresses, which is not characteristic of HVX.
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Postby jmboyer » Apr 23, 2005 10:06 am

Honestly, I get that same HVX anxiety every time I watch my h. Kiwi Forest emerging in the spring. I know full well that KF is not virused, but unfailingly when the leaves unfurl in the spring I get a momentary emotional reaction to the blotches. What can I say? I'm a born worrier.
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Postby doublemom2 » Apr 23, 2005 10:14 pm

Well... I have both Cynthia and Wild Bill... both have that splotchy look and I love both of them! From what I've heard and read, neither gets it's coloring from being virused.

The Cynthia that I have was given to me by someone who got clumps of it from C. Tompkin's mother before he even registered in 1984. Was HVX around that long ago?

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Postby Lessadragon » Apr 24, 2005 5:25 am

I love my Cynthia and Wild Bill too. I just wish they would hold their colouring all season.
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