Hosta 'Slurpy'

A cultivar from Dr. Ralph (Herb) Benedict of Michigan, this seedling selection of unidentified parentage was registered by Rod Kuenster of Iowa in 2010. It grows into a miniature size hosta about 4 inches high and 12 inches wide with medium blue-green foliage. The leaves are lanceolate, slightly twisted, slightly wavy and dull to glaucous on top. Medium purple flowers bloom from mid-July into August.

According to The Hostapedia by Mark Zilis (2009), "...appears to have a H. longipes background, possibly being out of 'Maruba Iwa'."

We wonder if this cultivar was named after the drink called the "Slurpee"...or after something else.

Mikiko Lockwood in an article on The Hosta Library titled, A Little About Japanese Hosta Terms defines the term iwa as rock, Iwa Gibōshi or H. longipes and the term maruba as round leaf or round-leafed.


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