(Photos courtesy of Danny Van Eechaute)
(5-18-19) Posting on the Red Hostas Facebook group today Belgium’s Danny Van Eechaute posted these two pictures of ‘Holar Sunset Cobra‘, which is a future introduction from Belgium’s Ronny Van Keer. It’s a pretty good endorsement for a new seedling when you see these two names mentioned together.
This plant has extreme dark petioles and a dark bronze bloom…and it has that red blush in the leaf that everyone would like to have and is hoping to attain in future seedlings.
‘Holar Sunset Cobra‘ (Tequila Sunrise x Maya Kingsnake), is a cross that has worked for Van Keer several times with Holar Garnet Crow and Holar Sunset Python. Plus several of his other crosses that have used either Greg Johnson’s Tequila Sunrise (‘Spritzer’ x pycnophylla) or Alttara Scheer’s Maya Kingsnake, those two are well-respected hybridizers and some of the best
Maya Kingsnake is continuing to be one of the most used hostas for crosses by many of the top hybridizers. The results have been breath-taking for many hosta lovers, this new Van Keer seedling is no exception.
This is what Alttara Scheer said about her creation:
A sleek and shiny green, ‘Maya Kingsnake’ is a medium sized plant with new leaves showing red well up into the central leaf vein, petioles red front and back, and gently undulating leaf edges. In August the scapes come slithering up through the foliage, a deeply saturated, dense red which appears pure black. As the scapes elongate the bracts emerge with a bright center, revealing violet buds and finally purple flowers into September. Extremely fertile both ways, and one of my favorite breeders.
It seems that we are starting to see more and more seedlings showing the red or red blush in the leaf, be sure to keep and eye on this one for your breeding program.
- Doug Beilstein’s Very Special Red Leaf Seedling
- Garnet Spires X First Blush Seedling Already Impressive In The World Of Red Hosta
- Badger Red…Impacting The Future Of Red Hostas
Your opinion – Would a cross with First Blush work? (you can answer in comments below)
Ronny Van Keer’s Holar Hosta Line…
Hosta Name Originator Origin Holar Arches Park Ronny Van Keer 'Arch Duke' x 'Jurassic Park' Holar Banana Moon Ronny Van Keer 'Harry van de Laar' seedling Holar Black Swan Ronny Van Keer 'One Man's Treasure' x 'Red Neck Heaven' Holar Crimson Grape Ronny Van Keer 'One Man's Treasure' x 'Harry van de Laar' Holar Dragon Rider Ronny Van Keer 'Mr Blue' x 'Arch Duke' Holar Early Days Ronny Van Keer 'Tequila Sunrise' seedling Holar Fire Rainbow Ronny Van Keer (x 'Justice') x 'Mr Blue' Holar Flying Saucer Ronny Van Keer Holar Garnet Crow Ronny Van Keer 'Tequila Sunrise' x 'Maya Kingsnake' Holar High Waves Ronny Van Keer 'Arch Duke' seedling Holar Ice Empress Ronny Van Keer 'Empress Wu' hybrid Holar Microstrip Ronny Van Keer 'Riptide' x 'Smokey' Holar Mystic Purple Ronny Van Keer 'Purple Haze' seedling Holar Purple Flash Ronny Van Keer 'Purple Haze' x 'Riptide' Holar Rainbow Colors Ronny Van Keer 'Justice' x 'Arch Duke' Holar Rainbow River Ronny Van Keer (x 'Justice') x 'Green Dragonet' Holar Rainbow Springs Ronny Van Keer 'Justice' seedling Holar Red Sea Shell Ronny Van Keer 'Marilyn Monroe' x 'Maya Kingsnake' Holar Red Spear Ronny Van Keer 'Maya Kingsnake' x 'Red Imp' Holar Red Wine Ronny Van Keer 'Harry van de Laar' x 'Katsuragawa Beni' Holar Rising Flame Ronny Van Keer 'Tequila Sunrise' x 'Mr Blue' Holar Snake Valley Ronny Van Keer 'Valley's Top' x 'Maya Kingsnake' Holar Sunset Cobra Ronny Van Keer 'Tequila Sunrise' x 'Maya Kingsnake' Holar Sunset Python Ronny Van Keer 'Tequila Sunrise' x 'Maya Kingsnake' Holar White Satin Ronny Van Keer 'Uncle Albert' x 'Gretchen's Grace' Holar Wild Side Ronny Van Keer 'Neptune' x 'Tequila Sunrise'