Hosta 'Dorset Clown'

This seedling of H. 'Dorset Blue' was originated by Dr. Ralph (Herb) Benedict of Michigan in the early 1990's and registered by Ron Kuenster on his behalf in 2010. It is a small size (10 inches high by 16 inches wide) plant with streaked blue-green to dark green foliage that is somewhat unruly. Very pale lavender flowers bloom in July.

According to The Hostapedia by Mark Zilis (2009), this cultivar "...has been highly sought since it became known in the early 1990's. As a heavily variegated, small size Tardiana type cultivar, it can be used as a source of small, thick-substanced, variegated seedlings."

From the Field Guide to Hostas by Mark Zilis (2014), "...a hybridizer's dream."

The New Encyclopedia of Hostas by Diana Grenfell (2009) states: "Slow growth rate...A much sought-after breeding plant."

The hosta shown above was labeled as H. 'Dorset Clown' but it does not fit the classic description of this cultivar. It is probably a reversion meaning that it lost all the streaked variegation.

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