Hosta 'Blue Beard'

This Tardiana-type hosta has dark blue-green foliage of thick substance and forms a small size (6 inches high) mound. It was introduced by Dr. Ralph (Herb) Benedict of Michigan and has very pale lavender flowers that appear in July to early August.

The Hosta Handbook by Mark Zilis (2000), says that this plant falls into a category of "cultivars that exhibit many Tardiana traits but are not a part of Eric Smith's original group."

According to The Hostapedia by Mark Zilis (2009), "...probably descends from 'Dorset Blue', but its overall appearance resembles a miniature version of 'Blue Moon'. It has a very slow growth rate and may get larger than my listed dimensions over time."

Similar cultivars include H. 'Blue Haze', H. 'Blue Ice' and H. 'Hebe Blue'.

 
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