This upright growing cultivar was
originated by Dr. Ralph (Herb)
and Dorothy Benedict of Michigan but registered in 2010
by Rod Kuenster of Iowa on their behalf, and is of unidentified parentage. The plant
grows to a medium size around 15 inches high by 32
inches wide. Its golden
yellow foliage is nearly round, heavily corrugated, slightly cupped and slightly shiny on top. Bell shape
flowers bloom from June into July on scapes 24 to 30
According to the registration materials: "...yellow with heavy puckering..."
An article about H. 'Dorothy Benedict' by
Herb Benedict in
Hosta Journal (1991 Vol. 22 No. 1) states that, "During
1990, the six best, 7 year old seedlings were named and three were registered.
|#1. 'Gil Jones'
||A large upright
with blue-green leaves and a wide cream edge.
|#2. 'Jim Wilkins'
||A low spreading reverse with a cream
center and with a blue-green border on its leaves.
|#3 'Hideko Gowen'
||A tall, upright reverse with a maple
leaf cream center, a wide green edge and a thick cupped round leaf.
|#4 'Tom Boy'
||A small, slow-growing miniature
H. 'Sieboldiana' with a chartreuse edged, cupped, round green leaf.
||A low, spreading, very gold leaf with a
green edge, and a very puckered, round leaf.
|#6 'Bashful Polly'
||A wavy edged, splashed leaf.
Another 'Dorothy Benedict' seedling, grown and registered by
Jim Wilkins, is 'Herb Benedict', a splashed, round leaf with blue overtones
and winner of the Savory Shield Award in Jackson (MI), 1988, for the best
new seedling growing in a
Convention of The
American Hosta Society tour garden."