This cultivar was registered by
Bob Kuk of Kuk's Forest in Ohio in 1990 as a sport of H.
. It grows
into a large size (20 inches high) mound with shiny, dark green foliage that is
slightly corrugated and has good substance. Tall scapes (33
inches tall) produce pale purple flowers in late July and into
The Hostapedia by Mark Zilis (2009), this cultivar "...has always been one of my favorite
green-leaved cultivars. It offers shiny, dark green foliage,
attractive flowers, and a good growth rate. Leave space for it
in your garden."
An article by Warren I. Pollock in
Hosta Journal (1997 Vol. 28 No. 2) states that, "Bob Kuk
named this plant for his mother...H. 'Josephine' is relatively unstable. It
sports to two different hostas. One has leaves that are all green that he named
'Joseph' after Joe Duale, his stepfather...The other sport he named 'Queen Josephine'...it has green leaves with a wide margin, yellow when it emerges and
then becoming creamy white. There is often some slight streaking of the margin
toward the midrib...Both 'Joseph' and 'Queen Josephine' are exceptional in that
they have very shiny, glossy leaves."