This is another hosta that has been
involved in misnaming and identification. According to
The Hostapedia by Mark Zilis (2009), "...'Blue Silver' was listed as a cultivar in
Alex Malloy's review of
Herb Benedict's introductions...but the plant has
been marketed as 'Blue Sliver'..."
This Tardiana-type seedling, a
hybrid of H. 'Dorset Blue', is a
non-registered hosta introduced by
Dr. Ralph (Herb) Benedict of Michigan in 1999
and was registered on his behalf by Rod Kuenster of Iowa in 2010. It forms a small size (8 inches high by 15 inches wide) mound of narrowly ovate, blue green leaves
with good substance. The foliage is lightly wavy, lanceolate,
lightly twisted and has a short petiole in relation to the leaf blade size.
Pure white flowers appear in July.
The Book of Little
Hostas (2010) says: "...ideal for the woodland
garden and the raised bed."
The New Encyclopedia of Hostas by
Grenfell (2009) states: "An ideal specimen for a small container or grown
at the front of a border with ferns and foliage of a contrasting color."
Similar cultivars include H. 'Hadspen