This cross between
was registered (1999) by
Barry Sligh of Taunton Gardens in New Zealand as part of his
Kiwi Series of hostas. It forms a large size (20 inches high) mound of dark green
foliage. It bears medium purple flowers from late July into August.
The Hostapedia by Mark Zilis (2009), ". .The registered parentage...is doubtful as
this cultivar exhibits many traits of H. ventricosa and
none from H. 'Sieboldiana'."
An article by Warren I. Pollock in
Hosta Journal (2001 Vol. 32 No. 2) states that, "...the 1995 Team
New Zealand defended the America's Cup...racing yachting
trophy. H. 'Kiwi Black Magic' was named for "Black Magic," the sailing vessel
that won the race...At the 1998
National Convention of
American Hosta Society in Peoria, Illinois, a
piece of H. 'Kiwi Black Magic' was auctioned for $1,100.00."
Similar cultivars include H. 'Lakeside Black Satin' and H. 'PeeDee