Hosta Merry Men
|Folk name||Hosta 'Merry Men'|
|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.
Introduced in 2002, the hosta cultivar 'Merry Men' 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.
'Merry Men' is a small cultivar, 15 to 25 cm in height, which thrives in varying degrees of shade. Its leaves have creamy white center with medium green margin and streaks to the center. Its pale purple flowers bloom on reddish purple scapes in July.
I have not been able to establish from which of the 24 accepted species the 'Merry Men' 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: Merry Men. 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 Little John
- Hosta Maid Marian
- Hosta Robin Hood
- Hosta Robin of Loxley
- Hosta Sir Richard
- Robin Hood Drive (Dubuque).