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Hosta Little John

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, 2018-10-18.

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] For 'Robin Hood' et al., see 'Also see' section below. '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]

I have 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] See the entry on Hosta Robin Hood for information on hostas in general.




Also see