Dr. Ralph (Herb) Benedict of Michigan and registered in 2010 by Rod Kuenster of Iowa, this seedling selection forms a
medium size (11 inches high by 32 inches wide) mound of
wavy, blue-green foliage that becomes shiny green by late
summer. The leaves are slightly rippled and smooth textured.
Fragrant, bluish purple flowers on 42 inch high scapes bloom
from June into July.
The Hostapedia by Mark Zilis (2009), "One could grow 'Lederhosen' for foliage alone. Its
attractive shade of blue in spring morphs into a waxy, shiny
dark green by midsummer. Then, there are the fragrant flowers,
which come closest to blue of any hosta that I've ever seen.
Speculating on its parentage, Herb probably crossed one of his
The New Encyclopedia of Hostas by
Grenfell (2009) states: "The leaves turn mid-green in bright light.
Vigorous...The tough, leathery leaves have a fancied resemblance to the German
britches known as "lederhosen"."
In an article in
Hosta Journal (2016 Vol. 47 No 2), the author
described this plant's flowers as having a "Weak" fragrance
compared to other hostas.