Seaver of Massachusetts registered this fast growing cultivar in 1980.
The originator was
Allan McConnell who gave the seeds of unidentified parentage to Mildred who grew them and named them
for Allan. It is a classic plant for the edge of
beds and borders because it is small size (13 inches
high by 39 inches wide) and multiplies rapidly. Pale
purple flowers are borne from mid-July into August.
The Hosta Handbook by Mark Zilis (2000), "It is often misspelled 'Alan P. McConnell' or
'Allen P. McConnell'".
Field Guide to Hostas (2014), author
Mark Zilis says, "...exhibits a good growth
rate...The round, dense mound habit and small leaves
with narrow, white margins create an appearance that
cannot be mistaken for any other hosta. Two of the
named sports out of 'Allan P. McConnell' likely no
longer exist. The last time I viewed 'Ivory Pixie'
was in 1986, and that garden no longer exists. Every
plant I have seen of 'Shades of Mercy'
has reverted bact to 'Allan P. McConnell'."
cultivar has also been sold under the Trademark name of
to be confused with the cultivar H. 'Cheesecake'.
It has also been marketed as Hosta
(Hope that is not too confusing.)
An article by
Warren I. Pollack in
Hosta Journal (2020 Vol. 51 No. 1) titled
Doppelgänger Hostas: Fancy Name for
Look-alike Hostas, included a long list of hostas
which various hostaphiles, published articles or other sources have
indicated "look" the same. Some of these are, in fact, the same
plant with two or more different names. Others are hostas that vary
in some minor trait which is not immediately discernable to the
casual observer such as seasonal color variations, bloom traits, ploidy, etc. So, as Warren mentions, hostaphiles may differ as to the
plants listed but then, their opinions are based on visual observations and interpretations.
P. McConnell' and
P. McConnell’ (1980) – The late Mildred Seaver
registered this cultivar in 1980. At the 1984
AHS National Convention in Birmingham, Alabama,
W. George Schmid spoke to Mildred Seaver. She
confirmed that she obtained the seed from Allan
P. McConnell. Accordingly, in
The Genus Hosta – Gibōshi Zoku, published in
1991, Schmid correctly cited the originator of
H.‘Allan P. McConnell’ as McConnell/Seaver.
Recently, Warren I. Pollock contacted
Charlie Seaver, Mildred’s son. His recollection is
McConnell gave the seed, open pollinated and of
unknown pod parent, to his mother, and she named
the hosta for him.
The custom when this hosta was registered was to
list only the registrant, Mildred Seaver. With
no designated originator, she often was
incorrectly considered to have originated this
cultivar. Thus, based on these facts. both Allan
McConnell and Mildred Seaver should be credited
as Originator. Thus, as with other co-originated
hostas the registrar will list the Originator as
“A. McConnell & M. Seaver." This may also be
written as: H. ‘Allan P. McConnell’ (A.
McConnell/M. Seaver - 1980) for publication