Hosta 'Hadspen White'


This is one of those cases where there are three hostas with the same name. One is registered and, therefore, the "official" version of H. 'Hadspen White' while the other two are non-registered plants and need to be renamed to avoid further confusion.

This one is especially confusing since it appears that two hostas by the name of 'Hadspen White' from Eric Smith were both registered. One of them was renamed 'Brother Ronald'. A third plant by this name was sold in European nurseries and it is not either of the two previously mentioned according to Mark Zilis.


According to The Hostapedia by Mark Zilis (2009), when a Eric Smith of England created the Tardiana group of hostas, one of his seedlings was designated as "TF 2 x 30" which was known as 'Hadspen White' in U.S. collections. When registered in 1988, this name was changed to H. 'Brother Ronald'.

Hosta Helper will call this plant 'Hadspen White' (Brother Ronald).


However, in 2001, Peter Ruh &  Jean Ruh of Ohio registered a plant called 'Hadspen White' on behalf of Eric Smith of England. It is described as an open-pollinated hybrid of H. 'Sieboldiana'. It is a slow growing, upright hosta that becomes a large size plant about 21 inches high by 34 inches wide with medium to light green foliage. The ovate shaped leaves are slightly rippled and slightly shiny on the bottom. Pure white flowers bloom from August into September on scapes about 30 inches tall. It does not set seeds.

Hosta Helper will call this plant 'Hadspen White' (Eric Smith).


A plant sold in Europe also bears the name 'Hadspen White' but is not the same as the Eric Smith cultivar. It is listed as having green foliage and fragrant flowers. Mark Zilis feels that this is the same as H. 'Royal Standard' which has the H. plantaginea heritage which would account for the fragrant flowers.

Hosta Helper will call this plant 'Hadspen White' (Europe).



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