Hosta 'Lederhosen'

Originated by 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.

According to 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 Tardianas with H. plantaginea."

The New Encyclopedia of Hostas by Diana 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 The Hosta Journal (2016 Vol. 47 No 2), the author described this plant's flowers as having a "Weak" fragrance compared to other hostas.



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