This cultivar is a seedling of H. 'Sum and Substance' which was registered by
Tony Avent of
Plant Delights Nursery in North Carolina
in 1998. It grows into a large size hosta about 20 inches high and 44 inches wide. Pale purple,
flowers bloom in July but it does not set seed.
The New Encyclopedia of Hostas by
Grenfell (2009) states: "Site in bright
light to moderate shade. Grow with glaucous
blue-leaved hostas to set off the exceptionally
lustrous leaf surface. Moderate growth rate."
In an article about hybridizing by
Tony Avent in
Hosta Journal (1996 Vol. 27 No. 1), Tony gives the
following comments on cultivars he has introduced: "H. 'Bubba' - fascinating op
(open-pollinated) H. 'Sum and Substance' seedling...very glossy
leaves...bright red neck...unique. Only drawback is sterility...probably due to
abundance of steroids as a child!"
Similar cultivars include H. 'Courtesy'.