A hybrid of H. 'Gold
Regal' × H. ventricosa,
this cultivar was originated by
Dr. Ralph (Herb) Benedict of Michigan and registered on his behalf by
Kevin Walek (Hosta Registrar) in 2009. It forms a large size (20 inches high
by 42 inches wide) mound of heart shaped
foliage that is slightly wavy and slightly corrugated. It bears
bright purple, bell-shaped flowers from mid-July into August and
then sets viable seeds.
The Hostapedia by Mark Zilis (2009), "...when the purple flowers are in bloom, its
foliage-flower combination is hard to beat.'
The New Encyclopedia of Hostas by
Grenfell (2009) states: "A deservedly very popular hosta having a great
color contrast between its yellow leaf and deep purple flower."
A Photo Essay article by Steve Chamberlain in
Hostta Journal (2010 Vol. 41 No. 1) makes comments about
H. 'Heartache', "Herb Benedict never registered this unusual medium-sized
cultivar. Initially the leaves are light blue, but slowly they become gold as
the season progresses, depending upon the amount of sun exposure."
The Genus HOSTA by
W. George Schmid (1991) . lists
this cultivar as H. 'Heart Ache'.