This sport of H. 'Great
Expectations' was originated by
Bonnie Ruetenik of Ohio and registered in 1996 by
Kevin Walek (Hosta Registrar)
on her behalf. The mound
reaches a giant size about 30 inches in height which spreads up to 72 inches wide.
Its foliage is very broadly ovate, moderately corrugated
and has thick substance. Near white flowers in mid-June
The Hostapedia by Mark Zilis (2009), "...the first sport of 'Great
Expectations' with a wider margin...also a much better grower
than 'Great Expectations'."
Field Guide to Hostas by Mark Zilis (2014), "...has withstood the test of time and has proven to be
a great garden plant."
An article by
Warren I. Pollock in
Hosta Journal (2000 Vol. 31 No. 1) states that, "H.
'Great Expectations' (John
Bond is originator; Paul Aden named and introduced it
- 88). When attendees to the 1997
National Convention of
The American Hosta Society in Indianapolis saw
the 'Great Expectations' clumps in the tour gardens, many couldn't believe how
huge they were...This led to much discussion on why this hosta does well in some
gardens and not in others...H. 'Great Expectations' and H. 'Dream Weaver' both
have green or bluish green leaves. The difference is the variegation...H. 'Great
Expectations' has a prominent "maple-leaf-like" (for lack of a better
descriptive term) pattern in the leaf center and the creamer center
variegation...The center leaf pattern of H. 'Dream Weaver', on the other hand,
is more "spear-like" with more than 1/2, often as much as 2/3, of the leaf
surface being green or bluish green."
An article by
Warren I. Pollack in
Hosta Journal (2020 Vol. 51 No. 1) titled
Doppelgänger Hostas: Fancy Name for
Look-alike Hostas, included a long list of hostas
which various hostaphiles, published articles or other sources have
indicated "look" the same. Some of these are, in fact, the same
plant with two or more different names. Others are hostas that vary
in some minor trait which is not immediately discernable to the
casual observer such as seasonal color variations, bloom traits, ploidy, etc. So, as Warren mentions, hostaphiles may differ as to the
plants listed but then, their opinions are based on visual observations and interpretations.
'Dream Queen', H. 'Dream