This hybrid of
was originated by
Eric Smith and registered by the
British Hosta and
Hemerocallis Society (BHHS) in
1988. The Hostapedia by Mark Zilis (2009), says that it is "...more likely H. 'Sieboldiana' x
The plant is large size (20
inches high) and has narrow, rippled foliage. In August, it
bears medium lavender flowers on up to 36 inch tall scapes
followed by viable seeds.
The Hostapedia by Mark Zilis (2009), this cultivar "...has proven to be
a fast-growing, thicker-substanced alternative to Hosta lancifolia. It also rates highly in the area of distinction,
being easily recognizable in its mature stage."
The New Encyclopedia of Hostas by
Grenfell (2009) states: "Mound of leaves resembles the tuft of leaves at
the top of a pineapple."
An article in
Hosta Journal (1994 Vol. 25 No. 2) states that the name
comes from the observation that the plant looks like the head of
a pineapple plant (the word poll = head).
"Exhibiting the best traits of its
parental units (H. sieboldiana
and H. lancifolia), this blue,
lance-leafed plant with rather heavy
substance, quickly forms a sturdy spiked
clump. A blue hosta that is vigorous is
not to be taken lightly."