This sport of
H. 'El Niňo' was
discovered at a nursery in Connecticut by
Bill Meyer of New Jersey and registered by
of the Netherlands in 2009.
Inc. of Michigan were granted a U.S. patent for this hosta in 2009. 'Blue Ivory' is a
small size plant about 10 inches high by 12 inches wide with medium blue-green
leaves that have a flat, creamy white
marginal variegation. The leaves are
broadly ovate and glaucous on top. It bears medium lavender flowers with a white
edge on the tepals from July into August. The margins are viridescent i.e. they turn greener as the season progresses.
An article in
Hosta Journal (2013 Vol. 44 No. 2) states that this
cultivar was incorrectly registered and patented as a sport of H.
'Halcyon'. According to the originator, Bill Meyer, it is actually a sport of
H. 'El Niňo'.
An article by
Warren I. Pollack in
Hosta Journal (2020 Vol. 51 No. 1) titled
Doppelgänger Hostas: Fancy Name for
Look-alike Hostas, included a long list of hostas
which various hostaphiles, published articles or other sources have
indicated "look" the same. Some of these are, in fact, the same
plant with two or more different names. Others are hostas that vary
in some minor trait which is not immediately discernable to the
casual observer such as seasonal color variations, bloom traits, ploidy, etc. So, as Warren mentions, hostaphiles may differ as to the
plants listed but then, their opinions are based on visual observations and interpretations.
H. 'Firn Line' and