This cultivar is a
seedling of [(H. 'Liberty
Bell' × (H. 'Urajiro
Hachijo' × H. pycnophylla))
x H. ‘Mikawa-no-Yuki’] which was registered by
Don Dean of
Minnesota in 2005. A medium size hosta (15 inches high
by 36 inches wide), 'Garnet Spires' has medium green
foliage. The leaves are narrowly ovate and slightly
rippled. Pale lavender flowers bloom from mid-August
into September on red to magenta scapes.
An article by Warren I. Pollock in
Hosta Journal (2014 Vol. 45 No. 2) states that, "H. 'Liberty Bell' crossed with ('Urajiro Hachijo' ×
H. pycnophylla) is a favorite
pod parent of Don's (Don Dean). He used it to produce H. 'Celtic Bouquet' and H.
'Peek-a-boo Purple', both registered in 2011, and H. 'Ebony Towers' and H.
'Garnet Spires', in 2005. (Special Note: Parentages of 'Garnet Spires' and
'Peek-a-boo Purple' were corrected in the 2013 Registrations issue..."
Spires’ (2005) – This was registered as having the
fol-lowing parentage which was incorrect: [H.
'Liberty Bell' × (H. 'Uraj-iro Hachijo' ×
H. pycnophylla) × H. longipes × H.
kikutii]. The parentage for this cultivar should
have read: [(H. 'Liberty Bell' × (H. 'Urajiro
Hachijo' × H. pycnophylla)) × H. ‘Mikawa-no-Yuki’]"