H. sieboldiana 'Dorothy Benedict'

Registered by Dorothy's husband, Dr. Ralph (Herb) Benedict of Michigan in 1983, this large size (26 inches high by 60 inches wide) hosta has blue-green with yellow streaked variegation. The foliage is heavily corrugated, convexly cupped and has thick substance. Dense clusters of near white flowers bloom from mid-June into July followed by viable seeds.

This is a self-pollinated seedling of H. '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, a division of this cultivar sold for $3,000 to hybridizers.  (The Hosta Journal, 2000 Vol. 31, No. 1)

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."

From the Field Guide to Hostas by Mark Zilis (2014), "In the 1980s, specimens of 'Dorothy Benedict' brought over $1000 at society auctions."

The New Encyclopedia of Hostas by Diana Grenfell (2009) states: "Very slow growth rate. Very rare. Prized as a pod parent in producing seedlings of good substance. Among the most attractive of its type. Makes a striking specimen in the garden."

An article in The Hosta Journal (1999 Vol. 30 No. 2) states that Herb Benedict donated a pot of this cultivar at two auctions of The American Hosta Society. One brought in $1,500 and the other $3,000 for the organization.


bullet H. 'Herb Benedict'
bullet H. 'Homestead'
bullet H. 'Ice Age Trail'
bullet H. 'Powder Keg'
  1. H. 'Bob the Builder'
  2. H. 'Cinderella'
  3. H. 'Janet's Joy'
  1. H. 'Mean Mama'
  2. H. 'Nifty Fifty'
  1. H. 'A Many-splendered Thing'
  2. H. 'Alice Blue Gown'
  3. H. 'Alligator Shoes'
  4. H. 'American Beauty'
  5. H. 'Anna Boynton'
  6. H. 'Band of Gold'
  7. H. 'Bashful Polly'
  8. H. 'Benedict Arnold'
  9. H. 'Big and Blue'
  10. H. 'Big Fred'
  11. H. 'Big Kahuna'
  12. H. 'Big Pizza Pie'
  13. H. 'Blast Off'
  14. H. 'Blind Date'
  15. H. 'Blue Belly'
  16. H. 'Blue Canopy'
  17. H. 'Blue Steel'
  18. H. 'Bows and Arrows'
  19. H. 'Brilliance'
  20. H. 'Captain America'
  21. H. 'Celestial'
  22. H. 'Chairman of the Board'
  23. H. 'Continental Divide'
  24. H. 'Cosmic Brother'
  25. H. 'Cosmic Hippie'
  26. H. 'Cosmic Sister'
  27. H. 'Cuyahoga'
  28. H. 'Dazzling'
  29. H. 'Dorothy's Child'
  30. H. 'Eggs Benedict'
  31. H. 'Final Answer'
  32. H. 'George W.'
  33. H. 'Gil Jones'
  34. H. 'Go Dorothy Go'
  35. H. 'Gold Dorothy of Richland'
  36. H. 'Grand Maw JoAnn'
  37. H. 'Grandchild'
  38. H. 'Heavenly Beginnings'
  39. H. 'Herb Benedict'
  40. H. 'Hideko Gowen'
  41. H. 'High Wide and Hansome'
  42. H. 'Hot Flash'
  1. H. 'Huron Blue'
  2. H. 'Iroquois'
  3. H. 'Jamboree Joy'
  4. H. 'Jim Wilkins'
  5. H. 'Laura'
  6. H. 'Lovely to Behold'
  7. H. 'Lover's Leap'
  8. H. 'Lumberjack'
  9. H. 'MacBenedict'
  10. H. 'Made from Scratch'
  11. H. 'Made You Look'
  12. H. 'Mary Schwartzbauer'
  13. H. 'Master of Ceremonies'
  14. H. 'Memories of Dorothy'
  15. H. 'Miss Tokyo'
  16. H. 'Misty Mary Ann'
  17. H. 'My Friend Nancy'
  18. H. 'My Love Dorothy'
  19. H. 'Night and Day'
  20. H. 'Outrageous'
  21. H. 'Plane Jane'
  22. H. 'Rainbow Glenn'
  23. H. 'Red Hot Poker'
  24. H. 'Roller Coaster'
  25. H. 'Roseann Walter'
  26. H. 'Ruby Benedict'
  27. H. 'Sails at Sunset'
  28. H. 'Sangamore of the Wabash'
  29. H. 'Seducer'
  30. H. 'Seduction'
  31. H. 'Silk Komono'
  32. H. 'Simply Sharon'
  33. H. 'Skylight'
  34. H. 'Skyward'
  35. H. 'Song Sung Blue'
  36. H. 'Spring Break'
  37. H. 'Stan Kuk'
  38. H. 'Stand-up America'
  39. H. 'Stellar by Starlight'
  40. H. 'Super Star'
  41. H. 'Surf and Turf'
  42. H. 'Teacher's Pet'
  43. H. 'Unexpected Pleasure'
  44. H. 'Van Wade'
  45. H. 'Warwick Curtesy'

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