This cultivar is a hybrid of H. 'Donahue
H. pycnophylla which was
Dr. Kevin Vaughn of Massachusetts and registered on his behalf by
Kevin Walek (Hosta Registrar) in 2009. It forms a large size (21 inches high by 48 inches wide) mound of slightly corrugated,
heavily rippled leaves that are dull on top with
a curved tip. The lavender flowers open from late July into August followed by viable seeds.
The Hostapedia by Mark Zilis (2009), this cultivar "...ranks highly among hostas with
piecrust margins, with as many as twenty ripples per leaf half."
The New Encyclopedia of Hostas by
Grenfell (2009) states: "Use as a specimen or in a woodland
setting...Evenly piecrusted margins of the leaves are intensely glaucous on the
undersides. Scapes are weighed down by the dense racemes."
name could refer to the outfit worn by ballerinas or to Desmond
Tutu, the South African social rights activist and retired
Anglican bishop who rose to worldwide fame during the 1980s as
an opponent of apartheid.