Hosta 'Birchwood Gem'

This plant of unidentified parentage is part of the Birchwood Series of hostas originated by Florence Shaw of Massachusetts in the 1960's. It was registered by Peter Ruh of Ohio in 1989. A small size mound of heart shaped leaves, it bears pale purple flowers in July.

According to The Hostapedia by Mark Zilis (2009), "...excellent choice as an edger, low ground cover, or rock garden plant. It bears a close resemblance to H. nakaiana."

"Plant is a selected, small clone of H. nakaiana or may be an F1 selfed seedling. It has ridged scapes and is very similar to the species."


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