self-pollinated seedling from
Mary Chastain of
Lakeside Acres Nursery in Tennessee was registered in 1998. It forms a medium size (17 inches high) mound of heavily
rippled, dark green foliage. Medium purple flowers bloom in July.
The Hostapedia by Mark Zilis (2009), "In both foliage and flower it shows the strong
H. ventricosa in its background, though the flowers are
not as bell-shaped as H. ventricosa."
An article by Warren Pollock in
Hosta Journal (1999 Vol. 30 No. 2) states that "Perhaps
the darkest-leaved hosta I have ever seen is Mary Chastain's H.
'Lakeside Coal Miner'. She showed a leaf at the 1998
National Convention of
Hosta Society Cut-Leaf
Show and registered it later in the year."