This cultivar was registered by
Savory of Minnesota in 1977. It is a small to miniature size (6 inches high
by 21 inches wide) seedling of
H. venusta and
is a rapid grower. The tear shaped leaves grow to about 3 inches
in length and medium purple flowers are borne from late June into July.
The Hosta Handbook by
Mark Zilis (2000), "At maturity it is very difficult to distinguish
'Tiny Tears' from H. venusta
and others such as 'Abiqua Miniature', 'Suzuki Thumbnail', 'Thumb
Nail', and 'Tot Tot'."
The Hostapedia by
(2009), "This has become one of the
premier dwarf host cultivars. Though 'Tiny Tears' barely differs
from the commonly grown form of H. venusta, its name
has boosted its popularity. It can be successfully used as a low
edger, but makes an even better trough plant."