This sport of a dwarf variegated
cultivar was registered by
Minks of Minnesota in 1970. It has also
been known by the names, H. 'Dwarf Grey Leaf', H. 'Gray Leaf
Dwarf' and 'Small Grey Leaf' over the years.
It appears to be an H. 'Tokudama' type of hosta that grows
into a medium size hosta about 16 inches tall and spreads to 39
inches wide. The ovate shaped leaves are deeply lobed at the
base and a slight waviness in the margins. Funnel shaped, pale
lavender flowers bloom in July.
The Hostapedia by Mark Zilis (2009), "...some similarities in foliage
and flower to 'Fortunei Hyacinthina', but in a smaller size.
Helen Field Fischer was a well-known radio show host in the
Midwest and the mother of one of the early hosta enthusiasts,
Gretchen Harshbarger of Iowa."
She was the "star" of the daily show, “Garden
Club of the Air” starting in the 1920s. Helen was a well known daylily enthusiast
and started the Hemerocallis Round Robin.
Similar cultivars include H. 'Peter Pan'.
H. 'Helen Field Fisher' (1970) – was
registered with a typographical error and should have been registered as
H. 'Helen Field Fischer'.