The Hostapedia by Mark Zilis (2009), this cultivar was "...registered
with parentage unknown...but certainly a
self-pollinated seedling of
It was registered by
Larry Englerth of Michigan in 1982.
Forming a large size (28 inches high) mound of thick, heavily
corrugated foliage, it has a thick under leaf bloom. Dense
clusters of near white flowers bloom from mid-June into July.
Zilis continues, "I think of 'Ryan's Big One' as the "typical"
H. 'Elegans'. All of its foliage and
flowering habits match what 'Elegans' should be...When
tissue culture, it sometimes remains in a
"super-juvenile" state. In this condition, the foliage retains a
very shiny, dark green color and small size."
Hosta Journal (2018 Vol. 49 No. R) states that this
cultivar was originally registered as 'Ryans Big One' which was a typographical
error that has now been corrected.
Schmid (1991) lists "Ryan"
as the originator of this cultivar in 1963.