This cultivar was originated by
Hatfield of Ohio but
Dr. Dick and Jane Ward,
also of Ohio registered this sport of H. 'Zounds' in 1997. It forms a large size (24 inches high) mound of moderately
corrugated, somewhat unruly foliage with thick substance. The
plant has very pale
lavender flowers from late June into July.
The Hostapedia by Mark Zilis (2009), "This plant mutated out of the
same 'Zounds' clump as 'Dick Ward',
the gold-centered, green-margined sport. Neither are subject to
spring desiccation burn and make good substitutes in the
landscape for H. 'Sieboldiana'-types that burn."
Similar cultivars include H. 'American
Eagle' and H. 'Gilded Cup'.