Hosta 'Blue Moon'

This Tardiana-type hosta has dark blue-green foliage of thick substance which was registered by Paul Aden of New York on behalf of English hybridizer, Eric Smith in 1976.  It forms a slow growing, small size plant about 10 inches high by 26 inches wide with foliage that starts the season blue-green but changes to dark green as the season progresses. Near white flowers appear in July to early August followed by viable seeds.

According to The Hosta Handbook by Mark Zilis (2000), it was formerly known as 'TF 2 X 2" and, at one time, was also known as H. 'Halo' which is now a different cultivar.

Mark Zilis (2009), says that "...'Blue Moon' has long been one of the most popular of the Tardianas. The thick, heart-shaped, blue-green foliage sets the standard for small-size, blue-green hostas. It has also proven to be a good breeding plant, both as a pod and pollen parent."

An article by Warren I. Pollock in The Hosta Journal (1993 Vol. 24 No. 1) states that “The problem is this: One or maybe more batches of blue-leaved hostas were tissue cultured a few years ago that were sold as ‘Blue Moon’ – but are not Smith’s true ‘Blue Moon’. These hostas have leaves considerably larger and more cupped that the true Tardiana ‘Blue Moon’.…if you purchased a so-called ‘Blue Moon’ and the leaves are big and very cupped, the petioles are fairly upright and it’s not of a “fairly small” size. I must inform you of this. You don’t have the true Tardiana ‘Blue Moon’.”

A Photo Essay article by Steve Chamberlain in The Hostta Journal (2010 Vol. 41 No. 1) makes comments about H. 'Deep Blue Sea', "Charles Seaver registered this 'Blue Moon' seedling in 1994. My plant was a gift from Charlie at the Hostas in Focus Festival in 1997. Early in the season this plant is an intense blue with extreme corrugation. By the time it blooms later in the season, the wax has washed off and the leaves are dark green and very shiny."

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