Tony Avent of
Plant Delights Nursery in North Carolina
registered this sport of H. 'Little Aurora' in 1998 and was granted a U.S. patent in 2000. It
forms a medium size (11 inches high by 23 inches wide) mound of slightly wavy,
faintly corrugated foliage. Very pale lavender flowers bloom
from late June into July.
The Hostapedia by Mark Zilis (2009), it has a "...distinctive darker green "watermark" in the area
between the margin and center...Though some have been
successful with this plant in the garden, an equal number have
failed with it. It tends to develop crown rot when grown in
heavy soils, so drainage is essential..."
The New Encyclopedia of Hostas by
Grenfell (2009) states in its Hosta Hybrids for Connoisseurs chapter: "Plant
as a foreground specimen or in a container so that the unusual variegation can
be seen close up. A quite distinct modern hosta and much prized by collectors,
but it can dwindle rather than increase. Tony Avent advises that it be grown in
a container until it has bulked up into a clump, ensuring that the new roots are
An article by W. George Schmid in
Hosta Journal (2009 Vol. 40 No. 3) states that, "Hosta
'Tattoo' is one of the most unusual hostas
on the planet. Some successful gardeners grow it well and just love it, but
others consider it their nemesis...Tony Avent's Plant Delights Nursery offers a number of unusual hosta
cultivars with even more unusual names, such as 'Get Nekkid', 'Banana Puddin'
and 'Tattoo'...Considering the fact that 'Tattoo' has 'Tokudama' in its
background, expected slow growth and I got it...Before I got 'Tattoo' number 2,
I decided to look around for it when visiting gardens here (Georgia) and in
other states...My research made one important fact clear to me: All of the
"successful" gardeners grew 'Tattoo' in pots sitting in a water-containing
saucer or in pots with a built-in bottom that holds water. That technique was so
successful that some gardeners here in the South even brought potted 'Tattoo'
plants through our drought."