Hosta 'Canadian Shield'
 

A sport of H. 'Halcyon', this cultivar was registered by Ken Knechtel of Canada in 1993. It grows into a medium size hosta about 14 inches high with a spread of 41 inches. The dark green foliage is shiny which differentiates it from its mother plant. Pale bluish lavender flowers on 28 inch high scapes bloom from late July into August followed by viable seeds.

According to The Hostapedia by Mark Zilis (2009), "...is no different from the several other named, green-leaved 'Halcyon' sports."

An article about H. 'Canadian Shield', H. 'Devon Green', H. 'Peridot' and H. 'Valerie's Vanity' by Warren I. Pollock in The Hosta Journal (1997 Vol. 28 No. 1) states that, "These four hostas are mutations of 'Halcyon', arguably the best of the late Eric Smith's blue-leaved Tardiana Group...Are all four cultivars the same? I haven't seen any evidence they are different."

An article about the Halcyon Group by Peter Cross in The Hosta Journal (2004 Vol. 35 No.2) says, "...'Halcyon' is a first-generation member (TF 1 ◊ 7) of the legendary Tardiana Group of hostas, which consists of hybrids of 'Tardiflora' ◊ H. 'Elegans', produced in England by Eric Smith,  the master hybridizer of blue hostas, in the 1960s....Traditionally, sporting involves the cells in a section of a leaf (either margin or center) changing color...These sports simply lack the wax coating that makes the hosta leaves appear blue...I find it impossible to see any differences between these green sports..." Cross lists the all-green sports of 'Halcyon' including:

bullet H. 'Devon Green'
bullet H. 'Grunspecht'
bullet H. 'Peridot'
bullet H. 'Valerie's Vanity'
   
   

 
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