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Halcyon Hosta

Hosta x (Tardiana Group) 'Halcyon'

Pronunciation: HOSS-tuh tar-DI-a-na
SKU #04187
4-8

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OVERVIEW
Description An excellent hosta for a small garden with a compact, medium-sized mound of gorgeous, glaucous blue-green, flattened, heart-shape leaves. Pairs well with bright, variegated hosta varieties. The thick foliage is more slug resistant than others. Tall stems of showy pale lavender-mauve flowers emerge in summer. An herbaceous perennial.
Light Filtered sun, Full shade, Partial shade
Watering Keep soil consistently moist but not soggy.
Blooms Midsummer
Mature Size Moderate growing; forms foliage clump 18 in. tall, 36 to 42 in. wide.
DETAILS
Deciduous/Evergreen Herbaceous
Special Features Attracts Hummingbirds, Dramatic Foliage Color, Easy Care, Compact Form
Growth Rate Moderate
Flower Attributes Showy Flowers
STYLE
Landscape Use Border, Container
Design Ideas With its preference for deep shade, Halcyon thrives in the dark beneath evergreen conifers. Also does fine with some filtered sun and makes a pretty back-border plant for Hosta beds under trees. Its blue-gray coloring looks best when it is used as a filler between more yellowish green plants and Fern.
Flower Color Purplish-pink
Foliage Color Blue-green
Companion Plants Coral Bells (Heuchera); Astilbe (Astilbe); Lungwort (Pulmonaria); Ligularia (Ligularia); Painted Fern (Athyrium)
CARE
Care Provide slightly acidic, evenly moist, well-drained, humusy soil. Avoid harsh sun exposures. Water deeply, regularly in first growing season to establish an extensive root system; once established, reduce frequency. Remove old, faded foliage before new leaves emerge in early spring.
HISTORY
Lore Hosta is the grown up cousin to the plantain weed, which came to America with colonials. It naturalized so easily that Native American's claimed it sprang up wherever the white man walked. The genus Hostacontains over forty different species mostly native to China and Japan. H. plantaginea, from which most ofour modern hybrids descend reached Europe in the 1780s. It was first introducced from China by French botanist, Lamarck. Much breeding has produced a huge range of platns with a variety of qualities.

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