Hosta 'Alligator Shoes'

Streaks of corrugation in the leaves give this plant its name. Dr. Ralph (Herb) Benedict of Michigan and Handy Hatfield originated this cultivar which was registered in their names by Kevin Walek (Hosta Registrar) in 2009. It was the result of a cross of H. 'Dorothy Benedict' × H. montana and was introduced in 1996.

This hosta grows to a large size about 24 inches high and 30 inches wide although these dimension may vary significantly from plant to plant. The leaves are blue-green with a narrow creamy yellow to white marginal variegation. They are heavily corrugated, ovate and glaucous on top. Pale lavender flowers with translucent edges on 30 inch scapes are borne in July. It sets viable seeds.

The New Encyclopedia of Hostas by Diana Grenfell (2009) states: "Takes several seasons for the unusual surface texture to appear...The extremely pebbled leaf surface, reminiscent of alligator skin, is both unusual and attractive."


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