open-pollinated seedling of
H. nakaiana, this cultivar was registered by
Anne Arett in 1980 as
'Sea Shells' but the name was later changed. The plant grows to
about 11 inches in height with a spread of 3 feet.
The Hostapedia by Mark Zilis (2009), "Anne Arett changed the name of her plant to reserve
cultivars starting with "Sea" for
Mildred Seaver of Massachusetts."
An article by Warren I. Pollock in
Hosta Journal (1991 Vol. 22 No. 2) states that, "I am in
favor of hosta cultivars having some identification in their names as to who
hybridized or introduced the plants...The hosta introductions of
Charles W.) Seaver...are the classic example of this. I believe she was the
first to do it with hostas. Many, but not all, of her introductions have "Sea"
as the first word in their names...In 1980,
Mrs. Ann Arett...registered an
all-green hosta under the name 'Sea Shells'. As a courtesy to
and with Ann Arrett's permission, the name was changed to 'Shells at Sea' in
Since the time this article
appeared in 1991 many more hosta name series have come into use. We have
cultivar lists from our database for many of