Hosta 'Blue Ivory'

This sport of H. 'El Niňo' was discovered at a nursery in Connecticut by Bill Meyer of New Jersey and registered by Luc Klinkhamer of the Netherlands in 2009. Klinkhamer and Walters Gardens, 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 The 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 The 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. 'Blue Ivory', H. 'Firn Line' and H. 'Great Escape'.


United States Patent: PP19623  (2009)

Abstract: A new and distinct Hosta plant named ‘Blue Ivory’ characterized by elliptic to cordate leaves having wide light creamy-colored margins and blue-green centers, vertical flower scapes with medium lavender flowers above foliage, suitable for landscape, potted culture, or cut flower arrangements.

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