Hosta 'Purple Verticulated Elf'
 

This very slow growing cultivar is a self-pollinated seedling of H. 'Dorset Blue' that was registered by Dr. Ralph (Herb) Benedict of Michigan in 2003. It forms a small size mound about 11 inches tall by 23 inches wide of Tardiana-type foliage. The leaves are ovate, moderately wavy and cupped lengthwise with a thick underside bloom and thick substance. Its purple flowers bloom in whorls on purplish colored scapes from mid-July into August.

According to The Hostapedia by Mark Zilis (2009), "This cultivar was named for its whorled flowering habit, though the actual name for this trait is "verticillate". The first group of a dozen or so flowers is arranged in a whorl about two-thirds up the scape. About 3" higher on the scape, another whorl of six to eight flowers usually develops, and often a third whorl of six or more flowers forms at the top of the scape. If that isn't enough, the foliage...retains its rich blue color into late summer."




 
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