Registered by the
British Hosta and
Hemerocallis Society (BHHS) on behalf of hybridizer,
Eric Smith, this cultivar is a cross between H. 'Fortunei Aurea' ×
H. 'Sieboldiana'. The giant size (32 inches high by 53 inches wide) plant has slightly
corrugated foliage with thick texture. Its flowers are funnel shaped, near white and open from mid-June into July
occasionally followed by viable seeds.
The Hosta Handbook by
Mark Zilis (2000), says that this plant falls into a group in the
Hosta sieboldiana species and consists of "registered
seedlings that have either 'Elegans' or an 'Elegans' sport (e.g. 'Frances
Halo', etc.) as a parent. All of these have blue-green
foliage and represent the range of 'Elegans' types that can be
The New Encyclopedia of Hostas by
Grenfell (2009) states: "Slow to establish but eventually forms a
magnificent specimen. Can be grown in a container if profusely watered."
An article by Warren I. Pollock in
Hosta Journal (1996 Vol. 27 No. 1) states that people
close to English hybridizer,
Eric Smith, say that he meant to name H. 'Snowden'
after the Snowdon mountain in Wales. There are no plans to change the name,
Similar cultivars include H. 'Blue
Angel' and H. 'Mira'.