The label on this plant
incorrectly called it 'Little Blackscape'.
Listed as a hybrid of H. 'Sum
and Substance', this plant was registered by
Tony Avent of
Plant Delights Nursery in North Carolina
in 1995. It grows to a medium size about
10 to 15 inches in height with
narrowly ovate, slightly wavy leaves. The pale purple flowers which have very
dark purple scapes, bloom from late July.
The New Encyclopedia of Hostas by
Grenfell (2009) states: "Grow in morning sun to enhance the leaf and scape
color...unusual color combination of chartreuse-yellow leaves, dusky scapes, and
violet flower buds."
In an article about hybridizing by
Tony Avent in
Hosta Journal (1996 Vol. 27 No. 1), Tony gives the
following comments on cultivars he has introduced: "H. 'Little Black Scape' -
unique seedling from H. 'Sum and Substance'. Leaves emerge green, but change to
gold about the time that the nearly jet black scape emerges...very
dramatic...not released yet...hopefully soon."