Hosta 'Blackberry Tart'

Originated by Ran Lydell of Cooks Nursery and Eagle Bay Gardens in New York, this non-registered cultivar is of unidentified parentage. It is a miniature size (4˝ inches high by 13 inches wide) hosta with green foliage that has a white marginal variegation and streaks on some leaves. It bears medium purple flowers from deep purple buds from late July into August on scapes 10 to 15 inches tall.

According to The Hostapedia by Mark Zilis (2009), "The attractive, but it certainly can be grown for flower effect alone. The dense clusters of medium purple flowers offer a nice contrast to the dark purple scapes."

The Hosta Journal, (2006 Vol. 37 No. 2), contained an article in which several hostaphiles were asked to give a brief list of their favorite hosta flowers. This plant was included in that list.


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