This cultivar is a hybrid of
Hosta venusta and H. 'Rock Master' that was
Paul Aden in 1982
but the originator is unknown. It forms a miniature size (5.5 inches high) mound of ovate shaped, slightly wavy foliage of smooth
texture. In August, it produces pale purple flowers on 12 inch
The Hostapedia by
(2009), "Over the years, 'Shining Tot' has
proven to be a premier dwarf-size hosta. It can be successfully
grown in troughs, as well as in the shaded rock garden.
Hybridizers have found it to be a superior breeding plant,
producing dwarf-size seedlings with good substance. Overall, it
is much like
pulchella in both foliage and flower."