Hosta 'Fall Bouquet'

This hybrid of H. 'Aden No. 322' × H. 'Aden No. 324' was registered by Paul Aden of New York in 1986. The plant is a medium size hosta about 14 inches high by a spread of 34 inches. Its dark green foliage is smooth textured and has good substance. The petioles have purple-red dots up to the midrib of the leaf. Pale purple flowers in dense clusters bloom from mid-September into October but it does not set seeds.

According to The Hostapedia by Mark Zilis (2009), "...can be grown for its attractive, dark green foliage, but the flowers hold the real beauty of this plant."

The New Encyclopedia of Hostas by Diana Grenfell (2009) states: "A thoroughly undervalued hosta considering its many attributes.

"Plant is a selected form of the botanical variety H. longipes var. hypoglauca and by some considered an F1 hybrid of this taxon. This cultivar exemplifies one of the very best forms found among the wild population, with very dark petioles and scapes."

Nomenclature changes recommended in the 1991 book The Genus Hosta by W. George Schmid and accepted by The American Hosta Society would update names as follows: H. tortifrons is now H. 'Tortifrons' and H. tardiflora is H. 'Tardiflora'.

An article about Fall Bloomers by Herb Benedict and Jim Wilkins in The Hosta Journal (1991 Vol. 22 No. 1) states that, "Here are some of the fall blooming plants we grow...(listed in the order of bloom times in Michigan).

1) H. kikutii A medium size plant densely flowering with white blooms. The flowers are equally arranged around the central axis of the raceme so that the bloom scapes resembles a bottle brush or pony tail...We are growing two named varieties, 'Hirao-59' and 'Finlandia'.
2) H. 'Fall Bouquet' Small, green plant, leaves slightly undulated, lavender scape and blooms, floriferous.
3) H. longipes Small green plant, densely flowering with a tall stiff bloom scape. The flowers are lavender and the leaves are green.
4) H. gracillima Funnel-shaped, light lavender flowers. A miniature green plant, with shiny surface.
5) H. 'Iwa' Iwa means rock, and this plant was imported by Marjorie Soules, from Japan. It is a small green plant with lavender flowers.
6) H. tortifrons In the same section (Picnolepis) as H. longipes and H. rupifraga. Distinctive small plant, with twisted green leaves and lavender flowers.
7) H. 'Fused Veins' Small, green leaves often with ¼ inch margin which is a lighter green. The lance shaped leaves are undulated and the veins come together regularly. The flowers are mauve and the scape is sometimes branched.
8) H. rupifraga Small, medium green, with thick, leathery, ovate leaves. Densely flowering with purple flowers. 'Urajiro', 'Grand Slam', 'Maruba Iwa'
9) H. tardiflora   This small hosta is the last to bloom for us. Its leaves are shiny, dark green and lance shaped. The flowers are light lavender and borne in abundance on 12 inch scapes.

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