This cultivar is one of those
with red petioles and green foliage. It was registered in 2009 by
Kevin Walek (Hosta Registrar) on behalf of the originator,
Roy Herold of Massachusetts. The Hosta Handbook by Mark Zilis (2000), states that it was "...listed in the 1996
Gardens catalog as a hybrid of
H. longipes hypoglauca × 'Maruba Iwa' from
'Cinnamon Sticks' forms a medium size (13 inches high
by 27 inches wide) mound of
ovate-shaped, smooth textured foliage. The petioles have many
purple-red dots. Pale purple flowers in clusters bloom on maroon scapes from mid-September into October.
The Hostapedia by Mark Zilis (2009), this cultivar "...ranks as Roy Herold's most popular
"red-stemmed" cultivar. Both petioles and scapes have a rich
Field Guide to Hostas by Mark Zilis (2014), "For many years...topped the "must have" list of many
The New Encyclopedia of Hostas by
Grenfell (2009) states: "A useful breeding hosta for red-dotted petioles and
scapes, both pod and pollen fertile for introducing red features
into leaves, petioles, and scapes. Autumn temperatures in cooler
climates may not be high enough for the seeds to set."
Mikiko Lockwood in an article on The Hosta Library titled,
A Little About Japanese Hosta Terms defines the term maruba as round leaf or round-leafed.