This hybrid of H. 'Resonance' × H. plantaginea was registered by
Wm and Eleanor Lachman of Massachusetts in 1992. The foliage is green with a creamy yellow marginal
variegation. It is slightly wavy and slightly corrugated.
Purple, fragrant flowers bloom in late summer on the mound that
grows to 17 inches in height with a spread of 34 inches.
Austin Dickinson was the older brother of the poet Emily
Hosta Journal, (2006 Vol. 37 No. 2), contained an
article in which several
Hostaphiles were asked to give a brief list of their
favorite hosta flowers. This
plant was included in that list.
An article about favorite flowering hostas by
C.H. Falstad in
Hosta Journal (2006 Vol. 37 No. 2) says, "Picking one
hosta flower is like settling for one flavor of Ice
Cream the rest of your
life...H. 'Venus' - how can you beat a huge, pure white, deliciously fragrant
flower...'Austin Dickinson': Wow! Large, fragrant, with dark purple stripes on
white background in the inside and purple and white perpendicular bands on the
outside, upright scapes with flowers held out at 90 degrees...'Hirao Majesty',
solid medium purple with deep purple anthers...Large flowers with pointed petals
(tepals)...Many people call 'Hirao Majesty' the bird-of-paradise of hostas, and
the unopened scape and bracts resemble that plant quite well."