Dr. Ralph (Herb) Benedict of Michigan in 1987, this
self-pollinated seedling of H.
'Dorset Blue' has deep blue foliage and typical
Tardiana-type characteristics. It forms a medium size (16 inches high)
mound of nearly heart shaped leaves that have thick substance. The flowers are a
lavender and appear in August.
The Hosta Handbook by Mark Zilis (2000), says that this plant falls into a category of
"cultivars that exhibit many
Tardiana traits but are
not a part of
Eric Smith's original group."
The New Encyclopedia of Hostas by
Grenfell (2009) states: "In essence a derivative of the Tardiana Group."
An article about favorite blue hostas in
Hosta Journal (2006 Vol. 37 No. 2) reported the
responses of the following hosta hybridizers: