Dr. Ralph (Herb)
and Dorothy Benedict of Michigan registered this
self-pollinated seedling of H. 'Dorothy Benedict' in
1990. It is named for their friend and fellow hosta hybridizer,
Dr. Lloyd (Gil) Jones, originator of many cultivars including the
The large size hosta grows to about 18 inches high
and spreads to
a width of about 52 inches. The leaves are heavily corrugated
and moderately wavy with thick substance. Its near white flowers
in dense clusters bloom in late June.
An article about H. 'Dorothy Benedict' by
Herb Benedict in
Hosta Journal (1991 Vol. 22 No. 1) states that, "During
1990, the six best, 7 year old seedlings were named and three were registered.
|#1. 'Gil Jones'
||A large upright
with blue-green leaves and a wide cream edge.
|#2. 'Jim Wilkins'
||A low spreading reverse with a cream
center and with a blue-green border on its leaves.
|#3 'Hideko Gowen'
||A tall, upright reverse with a maple
leaf cream center, a wide green edge and a thick cupped round leaf.
|#4 'Tom Boy'
||A small, slow-growing miniature
H. 'Sieboldiana' with a chartreuse edged, cupped, round green leaf.
||A low, spreading, very gold leaf with a
green edge, and a very puckered, round leaf.
|#6 'Bashful Polly'
||A wavy edged, splashed leaf.
Another 'Dorothy Benedict' seedling, grown and registered by
Jim Wilkins, is 'Herb Benedict', a splashed, round leaf with blue overtones
and winner of the Savory Shield Award in Jackson (MI), 1988, for the best
new seedling growing in a
Convention of The
American Hosta Society tour garden."
Similar cultivars include H. 'Lovely to Behold'.