Tardiana-type (H. 'Tardiflora' ×
H. sieboldiana 'Elegans') blue-green hosta was
registered by Paul Aden of New York on behalf of
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."
Field Guide to Hostas by Mark Zilis (2014),
"...the best small, blue-leaved cultivar, despite
being registered 36 years ago...remains a favorite
The New Encyclopedia of Hostas by
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."