This cultivar is a hybrid of
H. 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
by 15 inches wide) mound of ovate shaped, slightly wavy foliage of smooth
texture and very thick substance. In August, it produces pale purple flowers on 12 inch
high scapes followed by viable seeds.
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
H. pulchella in both foliage and flower."
The Book of Little Hostas (2010)
says: "The growth rate makes it an ideal plant for troughs,
trays, and deck boxes."
The New Encyclopedia of Hostas (2009)
states: "An excellent parent which has produced many good
cultivars. One of the most vigorous and reliable of the
miniature hostas. Exhibits many characteristics of H. pulchella,
even though it was registered with H. venusta as the pod parent,
this is unlikely...highly glossy leaves, a trait which is
usually passed on to its offspring."