Hosta Little John
|Folk name||Hosta 'Little John'|
|Binomial name||Hosta ?|
|Used where||USA, Europe and perhaps Far East|
By Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2017-09-13. Revised by Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2018-07-12.
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. 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.
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. See the entry on Hosta Robin Hood for information on hostas in general.
- Hosta Library: Little John. A single photo.
- Dave's Garden: The Scoop on Jim's Hostas
- Facebook: Jim's Hostas
- Manta: Schwartz Greenhouse
- Wikipedia: Hosta.
- Hosta Friar Tuck
- Hosta Maid Marian
- Hosta Merry Men
- Hosta Robin Hood
- Hosta Robin of Loxley
- Hosta Sir Richard
- Robin Hood Drive (Dubuque).