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Use of the name 'Elegans', though widespread, is technically incorrect. The name 'Elegans' was originally given to a hybrid created by Arends, which was called 'Robusta'.  Today the name is used for a variety of different blue sieboldiana-type plants which have been grown from seed in the days before tissue culture. Currently two different plants are propagated - the blue forms of 'Frances Williams' and 'Great Expectaions'. Pictures below are likely these. "Elegans" should be considered a general name for these plants, and not that of a specific cultivar. In preparation for his book The Genus Hosta, W. George Schmid once tried to track down the original plant from Arends, but was able only to narrow it down to five growing in two locations in Germany.  

Elegans (Arends 86)

Photo by Bob Axmear

Elegans (Arends 86)

Photo by Palle Ritter

Elegans (Arends 86)

Photo by Night Mouse

Elegans (Arends 86)

Photo by John Goodger

Elegans (Arends 86)

Photo by Paul Harrelson

Elegans (Arends 86)

Photo by Carol Brashear

Elegans (Arends 86)

Photo by Sandy Martin

Elegans (Arends 86)

Photo by Paul Henjum

Elegans (Arends 86)

Photo by Jim Westcott

Elegans (Arends 86)

Photo by Bevie Schmidt

Elegans (Arends 86)

Photo by Patty Woodbury