A hybrid of
H. longipes hypoglauca
× H. 'Harvest Delight', this cultivar is one of the earliest examples of a hosta with
reddish petioles (leaf stalk). It was originated by
Roy Herold and
introduced for sale in 1995.
Kevin Walek (Hosta Registrar) registered this
cultivar on Roy's behalf in 2009.
This plant forms a medium size (16 inches high by
36 inches wide)
mound with medium to dark green foliage. The deep red petioles
support slightly rippled, smooth textured foliage. Medium purple
flowers open in early September into October.
The Hostapedia by Mark Zilis (2009), "In a speech entitled "Thoughts about Red Petioles"
at the 2003 Midwest Regional Hosta Society meeting...Bob Solberg of Green Hill Farm in North Carolina rated this one of the best hostas for red petioles,
and I wholeheartedly agree."
The New Encyclopedia of Hostas by
Grenfell (2009) states: "Among the best of the newer introductions with red
petioles and scapes...Leaf underside covered in a thick, white coating."