The Hostapedia by
Mark Zilis (2009), "The name 'Gigantea' most often
points to the cultivar 'Fortunei
Gigantea', but sometimes refers to H. '
latter has been renamed 'Nesmith Giant'.
This cultivar is a cross of
x H. 'Elegans'
was registered by Peter Ruh of Ohio on behalf of the originator, Elizabeth
Nesmith of Massachusetts. It forms a large size, 25 inch high mound that spreads 56 inches in width with
slightly wavy, thick substanced leaves that are deeply lobed at the base. The
near white flowers bloom starting in mid-June.
Zilis comments, "...listed as "Hosta
sieboldiana var. Gigantea" by
Elizabeth Nesmith in
her Fairmount Gardens catalog in 1964. When that name proved to be invalid,
Peter Ruh renamed it 'Nesmith's Giant' and registered it for her."