This hybrid of H. 'Dorothy
Benedict' × H. montana 'Chirifu
Oba' was registered by
Dr. Ralph (Herb) Benedict of Michigan and
Nancy Krul of Belle Gardens in Michigan in 1991.
It forms a large size (21 inches high) plant that, according to
The Hostapedia by Mark Zilis (2009), is "...reminiscent of 'Sagae';"
The leaves are moderately wavy, corrugated and have thick
substance. It sports very pale lavender flowers from late July into August...As a garden plant, I think of 'My
Friend Nancy' as being akin to a medium-size version of
Mikiko Lockwood in an article on The Hosta Library titled,
A Little About Japanese Hosta Terms defines the term chirifu as speckled, mottled or overall variegated.