marginal variegation accounts
for the name of this plant which is a hybrid of H. 'Bold One' × H. 'Bold Ribbons'. It was registered by
Paul Aden of New York in
1979. For some
reason, this plant was re-registered in 2010.
'Wide Brim' is a medium size
plant about 18 inches high by 45 inches wide. The leaves are
moderately corrugated, wavy and broadly ovate shaped with good
substance. Pale lavender flowers bloom from late July into
August followed by viable seeds.
The New Encyclopedia of Hostas by
Grenfell (2009) states: "Increases rapidly. Very popular with flower
arrangers because of the pleasing outline, the rugosity, the distinctive wide
margin, and the contrasting dark base color...A classic hosta."
This cultivar has been awarded
the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit in the
An article by Warren I. Pollock in
Hosta Journal (1997 Vol. 28 No. 1) states that, "H.
'Stetson' is a mutation of - and with the same variegation as - 'Wide Brim' a
classic hosta, certainly a must have cultivar for any hosta fancier...The
difference between the two hostas is that each side of the leaf blade of
'Stetson' curves (curls) upward."