who imported it from
Japan this "classic" cultivar was registered (1980) by his wife, Alma, after
The Hostapedia by
(2009), states that it was "...registered
as a sterile offspring of
H. nigrescens...more likely a hybrid of
H. rectifolia x
H. nigrescens or
is a slow growing, giant size (33 inches high by 71 inches wide) plant with a vase shaped mound
of rich blue foliage. Its leaves are slightly wavy, smooth
textured with good substance. Medium lavender, funnel shape flowers are borne
on tall (3 to 5 feet tall) scapes from late July into August. It
does not produce seed.
Handbook by Mark Zilis (2000),
this cultivar "...has become a hosta "classic" for many reasons.
The large-size, vase-shaped mound of frosty blue foliage is
slug resistant and makes the perfect centerpiece plant for
almost any garden."
This cultivar has appeared on several of the Popularity Polls by
members of The American Hosta Society. This cultivar has been
awarded the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit
Field Guide to Hostas by
Mark Zilis (2014),
"...is known for its "blue" foliage, its early season color is
actually more of a powdery or silvery grey that differs from the
blues of the
Sieboldianas and Tokudamas."
The New Encyclopedia of Hostas (2009)
states: "Of great architectural merit as a specimen and
good in a large container, which must be kept well-watered.
Outstanding in leaf and flower. Winner of the 2001 Alex J.
Summers Distinguished Merit Hosta Award."