Hosta 'Medusa'

H. 'Neat Splash' × H. gracillima were crossed to create this cultivar which was registered by Roy Herold of Massachusetts in 1993. The small size (6-8 inches high by around 12 inches wide) mound of dense, moderately wavy foliage has purple flowers that open in August followed by viable seeds.

The New Encyclopedia of Hostas by Diana Grenfell (2009) states: "Grow in a pot until the root system is well established before planting out. Best suited to a rock garden or small container with small, round-leaved hostas for contrast...The leaves are strongly undulate to twisted which causes the base of the blade to fold in the enter; the leaves become flatter and wider as the plant matures. Variegated leafy bracts are clasped to the scapes."

In Greek mythology, Medusa was a gorgon with snakes growing from her skull.

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