The Hosta Handbook by
Mark Zilis (2000) rates this as "...one of the bluest cultivars ever
developed." Paul Aden of New York registered it in 1976 on behalf of the originator,
Eric Smith of
England . It is a Tardiana-type of hosta.
This cultivar is part of the "Hadspen
Series" of hostas.
This slow growing, large size (18 inches high by 48 inches wide) plant has
broadly ovate, slightly cupped and
moderately corrugated foliage with thick substance. It bears very pale
lavender flowers in clusters from late July into August followed
by viable seeds.
The New Encyclopedia of Hostas by
Grenfell (2009) states: "Leaves do not form a symmetrical mound but the
wonderful leaf color makes this a very worthwhile garden plant.
Less shapely that the leaves of the illustrious H. 'Halcyon' but
of a thicker substance and more glaucous with a suggestion of
rugosity on the leaf surface. One of the most intense blues of
the Tardiana Group, keeping its color for longer than most.
Early to emerge. Slow to increase."
received Royal Horticultural Society Award of Merit. Described
as rather small, but clumps undisturbed for a number of years
have been measured much larger; the ultimate size may depend on
cultivation and microclimate."