Denomination: 'Wheee'
Trade name: Wheee!
Botanical Name: Hosta
Applicant/Holder: Meyer, William J.
16 MacKay Farm Road
Woodbury, Connecticut
United States of America
Breeder: William J. Meyer, Woodbury, United States of America
Agent in Canada: Variety Rights Management
475 County Road 18
R.R. #2
Oxford Station, Ontario
K0G 1T0
Tel: 613-258-9015
Application Date: 2011-05-03
Application Number: 11-7277
Grant of Rights Date: 2014-11-17
Certificate Number: 4948
Grant of Rights Termination Date: 2032-11-17

Variety Description

Variety used for comparison: 'Aureomarginata'

Summary: The leaf blades of 'Wheee' are longer and narrower than those of 'Aureomarginata'. The broadest part of the leaf blade of 'Wheee' is in the middle whereas it is moderately towards the base for 'Aureomarginata'. The leaf blades of 'Wheee' are very narrow ovate to medium elliptic with an acute base whereas those of 'Aureomarginata' are medium ovate with an obtuse base. Colour two on the leaf blades of 'Wheee' is light yellow to white whereas that on 'Aureomarginata' is light green. The leaf blades of 'Wheee' have two colours present whereas those of 'Aureomarginata' have three colours present. The leaf blades of 'Wheee' are convex in cross section whereas those of 'Aureomarginata' are flat to moderately concave in cross section. The leaf blades of 'Wheee' have few parallel veins whereas those of 'Aureomarginata' have a medium number of parallel veins. The leaf blades of 'Wheee' have strong undulation of the margin whereas those of 'Aureomarginata' have medium undulation. The inflorescences of 'Wheee' have few to medium number of flowers whereas those of 'Aureomarginata' have many flowers. The perianth of 'Wheee' is shorter than that of 'Aureomarginata'.


PLANT SHOOT: purple first leaf scales

LEAF BLADE: broadest part in middle, very narrow ovate to medium elliptic, acute base, obtuse apex, convex in cross section, few parallel veins, medium degree of bulging, absent or weak blistering, strong undulation of the margin, absent or weak twisting
COLOUR 1 OF LEAF BLADE: brown green (RHS 146B), large surface area, distributed at centre, solid or nearly solid pattern
COLOUR 2 OF LEAF BLADE: light yellow (RHS 11C/D) to white (RHS 155A), small surface area, distributed at marginal zone, marginated pattern
PETIOLE: "u" shaped in cross section on inner side, yellow and light green, no anthocyanin colouration

INFLORESCENCE: few to medium number of flowers, horizontal flowers, bracts present
FLOWER: single, perianth tubular in lateral view, outer side of inner lobes of the corolla light blue violet (RHS 84D)

Origin & Breeding History: 'Wheee' originated as a sport of unknown origin discovered in the summer of 2004 in Woodbury, Connecticut, USA. The new variety was selected for its strong undulation of the leaf margin.

Tests & Trials: Trials for 'Wheee' were conducted at Variety Rights Management in Oxford Station, Ontario in the summer of 2013. The trial included 20 plants each of the candidate and reference variety. Plants were planted individually in 16 cm diameter pots spaced 20 cm apart outside under shade cloth. Observations and measurements were taken from 10 plants of each variety. All colour determinations were made using 2001 Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Colour Chart.

Comparison tables for 'Wheee' with reference variety 'Aureomarginata'

Leaf blade length (cm)

  'Wheee' 'Aureomarginata'
mean 15.50 13.75
std. deviation 1.05 1.25

Leaf blade width (cm)

  'Wheee' 'Aureomarginata'
mean 7.17 9.50
std. deviation 0.81 0.34

Colour of leaf blade (RHS)

  'Wheee' 'Aureomarginata'
colour 1 146B 146B
colour 2 11C/D to 155A N144A
colour 3 N/A 11D/154D

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Hosta: 'Wheee' (left) with reference variety 'Aureomarginata' (right)

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