Registered jointly by
Dr. Ralph (Herb) Benedict of Michigan
and Hideko Gowen of Minnesota in 1999, this cultivar is a hybrid of H. 'Salute' × H. pycnophylla. A medium size (16 inches high) plant with narrowly ovate leaves
that fold inward, it has pale lavender flowers in mid summer.
The Hostapedia by Mark Zilis (2009), "Among the many cultivars with rippled margins,
'Cutting Edge' ranks near the top. The way the leaves are folded
exposes the white undersides and seems to accentuate the rippled
effect. This is a must for any complete hosta collection."
The New Encyclopedia of Hostas by
Grenfell (2009) states: "Slow to assume its mature characteristics but well
worth the wait...The leaf edge sometimes furls
upward revealing the distinctly thickly powdered
An article by Warren I. Pollock in
Hosta Journal (2003 Vol. 34 No. 1) states that, "H. pycnophylla, the pollen parent of 'Cutting Edge', was named by
Dr. Fumio Maekawa
in 1976...The green leaves which can be as large as 8 inches long by 7 inches
wide at maturity, have slightly rippled margins and white undersides -- from
which 'Cutting Edge' gets its principal handsome attributes.
Similar cultivars include H. 'Permanent
Wave' and H. 'Totally