Hosta 'Dark Shadows'

This cultivar of unidentified parentage was registered by Hans Hansen of Minnesota in 2004. The foliage is dark green with a lighter green marginal variegation on this large size (20 inches high by 43 inches wide) hosta. Pale lavender, fragrant flowers bloom from June into July on 32 inch tall scapes followed by viable seeds.

The New Encyclopedia of Hostas by Diana Grenfell (2009) states: "Site in low light to achieve and retain the subtle leaf color contrasts and their changes through the summer...Moderate to rapid growth rate."


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.

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