Wilkins of Michigan in 1995, this cultivar is a sport of a seedling of H. 'William Lachman'. This large size (28 inches high by 67 inches wide) plant has wavy,
slightly corrugated leaves with thick substance. Lavender flowers
appear on nearly four foot tall scapes in July.
The Hostapedia by Mark Zilis (2009), "Based on its merits, 'Leading Lady', by now should
be one of the most popular hosta cultivars. It is not. The only
possible reason is that its great beauty can only be appreciated at
The New Encyclopedia of Hostas by
Grenfell (2009) states: "Moderate growth rate. A superb specimen hosta."
This cultivar was winner of the
Garden Performance Medal for 2014.