Hosta 'Surprised by Joy'

A hybrid of H. 'Flamboyant' × H. venusta, this cultivar was registered by Alex Malloy of New York in 1998. The mound of very wavy foliage grows to a small size about 6 inches high and 20 inches wide. Its purple flowers bloom in July followed by ivory colored seedpods.

The Book of Little Hostas by Kathy and Michael Shadrack (2010) says: "Can take a few hours of sun in cooler climates. Looks good in troughs, trays, and toward the front of a raised bed."

The New Encyclopedia of Hostas by Diana Grenfell (2009) states: "The leaf blade widens considerably as the plant matures and the attractive twist is lost...The leaves are distinctively arrow-shaped."


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