Hosta 'Eric Smith'

This is a Tardiana-type seedling that was registered in 1987 by Jim Archibald of England on behalf of the British hybridizer, Eric Smith. It grows into a medium size hosta about 16 inches high and 41 inches wide with green foliage. The leaves are moderately corrugated and have average substance. Pale purple flowers bloom in July followed by viable seeds.

According to The Hostapedia by Mark Zilis (2009, "In a side-by-side comparison with other Tardianas, 'Eric Smith' always comes out as the greenest of all. Its flowers are probably considered more ornamental than its foliage."

The New Encyclopedia of Hostas by Diana Grenfell (2009) states: "An Eric Smith seedling, probably not a Tardiana Group hybrid, although given a number...Vigorous...Probably the greenest leaved of the numbered Tardiana Group hostas, now thought to have H. nakaiana and not H. 'Elegans' as a parent."


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