Tardiana-type hosta has
dark blue-green foliage of thick substance. It was registered by
the British Hosta and
Hemerocallis Society (BHHS) on behalf of the originator,
Eric Smith in 1988. This medium size (16 inches high) cultivar has slightly cupped
and moderately corrugated foliage. It has pure white flowers that appear in July to
early August followed by viable seeds.
The Hosta Handbook by Mark Zilis (2000),
it was formerly known as "TF 2 X 30" and 'Hadspen
The Hostapedia by
Mark Zilis (2009)
states that this cultivar "...has always been my
Tardiana. It offers an attractive combination of blue
foliage and white flowers."
The New Encyclopedia of Hostas by
Grenfell (2009) states: "Among the bluest of the Tardiana Group."
Similar cultivars include H.
'Hadspen Blue'. H.
'Osprey' and H.
An article about H. 'Brother Ronald' by Warren I. Pollock in
Hosta Journal (1995 Vol. 26 No. 2) states that, "...named
Smith 's brother, Ronald by the
British Hosta and Hemerocallis Society.
Brother Ronald was neither a monk or friar."