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Hosta hybrids

Hosta hybrids
First year to bloom for this one, grown from seed labeled 'Aureomarginata'. Clearly, it's not!

Common name plantain lily
Family hostaceae
Life cycle perennial
Flowers blue, white (late spring-summer)
Size various
Light shade-sun
Cultural notes ordinary garden soil
From seed germinate at room temperature
detailed seed-starting info below

Hostas come in so many color variations, sizes, leaf shapes and textures, it boggles my mind. No wonder there are gardeners who specialize in and collect hostas, and are willing to shell out big bucks for the newest (best?) varieties. Me, I have a much more modest hosta appetite. I have separate pages for some favorite named varieties, including Whirlwind, Undulata Mediovariegata, and Sun Power. This page covers a few other purchased varieties, as well as the assortment of seed-grown varieties that have no names of their own. Over the years I've tried growing several from seed; most of these don't match the glowing descriptions of the people with whom I traded for the seed, which is to be expected. Still, I'm always curious how they will turn out,and sometimes I get a nice surprise.
Every once in a while I add a new (to us) named variety to the garden. Among the more recent additions are 'Fire and Ice', a miniature whose leaves are creamy white with an irregular dark green edge, and 'Golden Tiara', an old standard selected for its gold-margined variegation and vigorous growth.

plantain lily
Seed labeled 'Blue Umbrellas'. First year to bloom...
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...and the next year.
plantain lily
Grown from seed labeled 'Let's Streak', this is a second-year plant
Hosta hybrids
offspring from 'Abba Dabba Doo', pretty in bud
plantain lily
Another seedgrown one, a nice two-tone green
Hosta hybrids
'Fire and Ice'
plantain lily
I believe this patch hails from a seed-grown plant, the details of which are gone with the wind
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'Stiletto' is the narrowest-leaved variety in our garden...
plantain lily
...with large blue flowers in late August
Hosta hybrids
This one came from a HPS/MAG member's plant sale years ago. No name, but brightens up our front perennial border nicely.

We left this plant behind in our Pennsylvania garden (and wish it well); we don't grow it in Houston.

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Seed-starting details for this plant

  1. 'Blue Umbrellas' from '02 trade. Pot 70F (92%G, 17+d)
    'Abba Dabba Do' from '02 trade. Pot 70F (100%G, 16+d)
  2. 'Sagae' from '06 trade. Pot 70F (45%G, starting 18d)

I've found hosta does better sown directly into a pot than germinated by baggy method.

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