This sport of H. 'Carder Blue' was
Marc Laviana of
Sunny Border Nurseries in Connecticut and
registered by him and
Alex Malloy of New York in 2001.
Marc was granted a U.S. patent for this hosta in 2005. It grows
into a medium size hosta with a height of
about 14 inches and a spread around 35 inches. This plant
produces pale lavender flowers in late July.
The Hostapedia by Mark Zilis (2009), "I doubt that 'Grand Marquee'
sported from its listed mother plant, 'Carder Blue'. 'Grand
Marquee' bears a close resemblance to 'Olympic Sunrise' and
'Touch of Class', two sports related to 'Halcyon', and does not
appear anything like 'Carder Blue'."
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.
Topping', H. 'Dinner
Jacket', H. 'Grand
Marquee', H. 'High
Society', H. 'Magic
Island', H. 'Timeless
United States Patent: PP15961 (2005)
Abstract: A new cultivar of hybrid Hosta, ‘Grand
Marquee’, characterized by its unique variegated foliage
with wide blue-green margins and creamy white centers,
its upright, mounding and relatively compact plant
habit, and pale lavender flowers positioned above the
foliage on strong and erect flower scapes.