Dr. Ralph (Herb) and
Benedict of Michigan in 1995, this cultivar is a
self-pollinated seedling of
H. 'Yellow Splash'. A
miniature size (6 inches high by 12 inches wide) plant, it has a slightly wavy
margin to the leaves. Medium purple flowers appear from mid-July into August.
This hosta is named for the former President of
The American Hosta Society and editor of The
Hosta Journal, Dr. Bob Olson. According to
The Hostapedia by Mark Zilis (2009), "This cultivar has also been called 'Dr. Bob' and
The Book of Little
Hostas (2010) says: "Grows fast and well in a
sunny spot. Emerges early in spring before the woodland trees are in full leaf."
The New Encyclopedia of Hostas by
Grenfell (2009) states: "...conspicuously upright habit."