Hosta sieboldiana 'Dorothy Benedict'

Registered by Dorothy's husband, Dr. Ralph (Herb) Benedict in 1983, this large (26 inches high) hosta has blue-green with yellow streaked variegation. The foliage is heavily corrugated, has thick substance and is convexly cupped. Dense clusters of near white flowers bloom in mid June to July.

This is a self-pollinated seedling of Hosta 'Frances Williams' is prized as a pod parent by a number hosta hybridizers. Hosta cultivars named for renowned hosta people including 'Van Wade', 'Gil Jones', 'Jim Wilkins', and 'Hideko Gowen' are the results of crossing with this cultivar. During the 1997 AHS Convention in Indianapolis, division of this cultivar sold for $3,000 to hybridizers.  (The Hosta Journal, Vol. 31, No 1, page 91)

According to The Hostapedia by Mark Zilis (2009), "Herb Benedict contributed many great plants to the world of hostas, but this cultivar may be his best. It is only fitting that it  honors his wonderful wife and hosta partner. The original specimen of 'Dorothy Benedict' exhibited only limited variegation, but, over the years, Herb selected shoots with heavily variegated foliage and continually improved the plant. Of minor importance is its good ornamental value in the shade garden. 'Dorothy Benedict' is now considered the premier breeding plant in the world of hostas for its ability to produce variegated seedlings with thick, Hosta sieboldiana type substance. Additionally, many 'Dorothy Benedict' seedlings have become important breeding plants."

  • H. 'Herb Benedict'
 
 
  1. 'A Many-splendered Thing'
  2. 'Alice Blue Gown'
  3. 'Anna Boynton'
  4. 'Band of Gold'
  5. 'Benedict Arnold'
  6. 'Big and Blue'
  7. 'Big Fred'
  8. 'Big Pizza Pie'
  9. 'Blast Off'
  10. 'Blue Belly'
  11. 'Blue Canopy'
  12. 'Brilliance'
  13. 'Captain America'
  14. 'Celestial'
  15. 'Chairman of the Board'
  16. 'Cosmic Brother'
  17. 'Cosmic Hippie'
  18. 'Cosmic Sister'
  19. 'Dazzling'
  20. 'Dorothy's Child'
  21. 'Eggs Benedict'
  22. 'Final Answer'
  23. 'George W.'
  24. 'Gil Jones'
  25. 'Gold Dorothy of Richland'
  26. 'Grand Maw JoAnn'
  27. 'Grandchild'
  28. 'Heavenly Beginnings'
  29. 'Herb Benedict'
  30. 'Hideko Gowen'
  31. 'Hot Flash'
  32. 'Huron Blue'
  33. 'Jamboree Joy'
  34. 'Jim Wilkins'
  1. 'Lovely to Behold'
  2. 'Lover's Leap'
  3. 'Lumberjack'
  4. 'MacBenedict'
  5. 'Made from Scratch'
  6. 'Mary Schwartzbauer'
  7. 'Master of Ceremonies'
  8. 'Memories of Dorothy'
  9. 'Miss Tokyo'
  10. 'Misty Mary Ann'
  11. 'My Friend Nancy'
  12. 'My Love Dorothy'
  13. 'Outrageous'
  14. 'Rainbow Glenn'
  15. 'Red Hot Poker'
  16. 'Roller Coaster'
  17. 'Roseann Walter'
  18. 'Ruby Benedict'
  19. 'Sails at Sunset'
  20. 'Sangamore of the Wabash'
  21. 'Silk Komono'
  22. 'Skyward'
  23. 'Song Sung Blues'
  24. 'Spring Break'
  25. 'Stan Kuk'
  26. 'Stand-up America'
  27. 'Stellar by Starlight'
  28. 'Super Star'
  29. 'Surf and Turf'
  30. 'Teacher's Pet'
  31. 'Unexpected Pleasure'
  32. 'Van Wade'
  33. 'Warwick Curtesy'
 

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