This is a medium size (20 inches high by 30 inches wide),
hosta with a cream margin and lavender flowers. It is an
introduction from a Dutch nursery and registered by
Piet Warmerdam of the Netherlands in 2003 as a
hybrid of H. 'Halcyon'.
'El Nino' was granted a U.S. patent in 2004.
This cultivar has smooth
textured foliage with thick substance. It bears lavender flowers
from late July into mid-August but is sterile and does not set
The New Encyclopedia of Hostas by
Grenfell (2009) states: "Good in containers or at the edge of light
woodland. Ideal where pure white variegation is required...The
attractive variegated margin widens considerably over the
An article about the
Halcyon Group by
Peter Cross in
Journal (2004 Vol. 35 No.2) says, "H. 'El
Niňo' was officially registered and patented...as a seedling
of 'Halcyon' . However, its
uncanny similarity to 'Halcyon'
in habit and leaf shape strongly suggests that it is in fact a
sport of 'Halcyon'
...Whether a seedling or a sport, 'El Niňo' is a beautiful
An article by Warren I. Pollock in
Hosta Journal (2010 Vol. 41 No. 1) states that, "Curiously, the patent for 'El Nino' states it is a "hybrid of 'Halcyon' × a
selection of H. 'Tardiflora'...Hosta authorities agree that most likely 'El Nino'is not a seedling of 'Halcyon', but a sport of 'Halcyon' found in a
tissue-cultured batch in the
Similar cultivars include H. 'Aristocrat', H. 'First
Frost' and H. 'Great Escape'.
United States Patent: PP14632 (2004)
Abstract: A distinct cultivar of Hosta plant
named ‘El Nino’, characterized by its relatively compact
plant habit; bluish green and white variegated leaves;
freely flowering habit; and violet blue-colored flowers
that are positioned above the foliage on erect scapes.