Hosta 'Late Jewel'

The background of this cultivar is uncertain but it appears to be either H. longipes or Hosta rupifraga. 'Late Jewel' was introduced by Dr. Ralph (Herb) Benedict of Michigan but registered in 2010 by Rod Kuenster of Iowa. This medium size mound is about 13 inches tall and 21 inches in diameter with smooth textured leaves. The foliage is broadly ovate, heavily rippled, deeply wavy and very shiny on top with twisted tips which point downward.  Its medium purple flowers bloom from mid-August into September.

According to The Hostapedia by Mark Zilis (2009), " listed as a "giant"...but it is not. At maturity it becomes a medium-size mound..."


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