This cultivar is a
tissue culture sport of H. 'Cherry
Berry' that was registered by
Mark Zilis of Illinois in 1999. This rhizomatous plant forms a large size (21 inches high) mound of medium
green foliage. The flower scapes are tall (up to 45 inches) and
greenish purple in color with pale purple flowers opening from late July into August.
The Hostapedia by Mark Zilis (2009), this cultivar "...is merely a
green leaved sport of 'Cherry Berry' and its scapes are purplish,
not the vivid red of its mother plant. In the garden, however, 'Marachino
Cherry' rates as a superior plant...possesses one of the fastest
growth rates of all hosta cultivars."
The New Encyclopedia of Hostas by
Grenfell (2009) states: "Remarkable dark red scapes towering above the leaf
mound, followed by red seedpods, in contrast to the
dark green leaves."