Hosta Little John

From International Robin Hood Bibliography
Plant name
Folk name Hosta 'Little John'
Binomial name Hosta ?
Variety Little John
First recorded 2000
Used where USA, Europe and perhaps Far East
Hosta 'Little John' / Land of the Giants Hosta Farm.

By Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2017-09-13. Revised by Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2022-05-23.

First marketed in 2000, the hosta cultivar 'Little John' was hybridized by Jim Schwartz. It is one of a series of cultivars with names inspired by the address of his business: 11676 Robin Hood Drive (Dubuque), Iowa.[1] 'Little John' is a very large cultivar, c. 1 m tall, covering an area of up to c. 180 cm in diameter, and with intensely blue-green, moderately corrugated leaves measuring up to 28 x 36 cm.[2] Jim's Hostas is now owned by Uniquely Hostas.

IRHB has not been able to establish from which of the 24 accepted species the 'Little John' variety was bred, but perhaps this is a moot point since the species are easily interbred.[3] For 'Robin Hood' et al., see 'Also see' section below. See the entry on Hosta Robin Hood for information on hostas in general.




Also see