Hosta 'Dorset Blue'

This Tardiana-type (H. 'Tardiflora' H. sieboldiana 'Elegans') blue-green hosta was registered by Paul Aden of New York on behalf of British hybridizer, Eric Smith in 1977. The small size (10 inches high by 24 inches wide) mound of slug resistant foliage has a very slow growth rate and very pale lavender flowers in August. This cultivar is part of the "Dorset Series" of hostas.

The Hosta Handbook by Mark Zilis (2000) says "Herb Benedict utilized it in developing such hostas as 'Blue Ice' and 'Blue Chip'."

The Hostapedia by Mark Zilis (2009) states that this cultivar "...ranks as one of the smallest of Eric Smith's Tardianas...has also proven to be an excellent breeding plant...Its only negative is an extremely slow growth rate, but that should not stop anyone from including it in their collection."

From the Field Guide to Hostas by Mark Zilis (2014), "...the best small, blue-leaved cultivar, despite being registered 36 years ago...remains a favorite of hybridizers."

The New Encyclopedia of Hostas by Diana Grenfell (2009) states: "Much used in breeding for small, blue-leaved hostas. The attractive silver overlay on the leaves makes this small member of the Tardiana Group a must-have for collectors of the bluest-leaved hostas."


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