self-pollinated seedling of H. 'Dorothy Benedict' is a
cultivar originated by
Dr. Ralph (Herb) Benedict of Michigan and registered on his behalf by Rod Kuenster of Iowa in 2010. It is a large size, upright growing hosta about 24 inches high with a
spread of around 24 inches. The foliage is greenish yellow with golden yellow
and creamy white streaked variegation. Its leaves are slightly rippled,
moderately corrugated, nearly round and has a glaucous bloom on top. Near white,
flowers bloom from June into July. It sets viable seeds with some streaking in
The Hostapedia by Mark Zilis (2009), "...should be considered one of
the best seedlings out of 'Dorothy Benedict'. Its heavily
streaked and mottled foliage makes it a sensational specimen
plant and increases its value as a breeding plant."
to honor Herb Benedict's shy mother.
An article about H. 'Dorothy Benedict' by
Herb Benedict in
Hosta Journal (1991 Vol. 22 No. 1) states that, "During
1990, the six best, 7 year old seedlings were named and three were registered.
|#1. 'Gil Jones'
||A large upright
with blue-green leaves and a wide cream edge.
|#2. 'Jim Wilkins'
||A low spreading reverse with a cream
center and with a blue-green border on its leaves.
|#3 'Hideko Gowen'
||A tall, upright reverse with a maple
leaf cream center, a wide green edge and a thick cupped round leaf.
|#4 'Tom Boy'
||A small, slow-growing miniature
H. 'Sieboldiana' with a chartreuse edged, cupped, round green leaf.
||A low, spreading, very gold leaf with a
green edge, and a very puckered, round leaf.
|#6 'Bashful Polly'
||A wavy edged, splashed leaf.
Another 'Dorothy Benedict' seedling, grown and registered by
Jim Wilkins, is 'Herb Benedict', a splashed, round leaf with blue overtones
and winner of the Savory Shield Award in Jackson (MI), 1988, for the best
new seedling growing in a
National Convention of
The American Hosta Society tour garden."
An article by Warren I. Pollock in
Hosta Journal (2012 Vol. 43 No. 1) states that, "Rod Kuenster...has been collecting data in Audra Wilson's garden in...Iowa, as part
of his effort to registered many of the hostas introduced by
Herb and Dorothy
Benedict...I asked him for his favorites. His choices:"