Hosta 'First Blush'

Registered by Bob Solberg of Green Hill Farm in North Carolina in 2016, this cultivar is a hybrid of an unnamed seedling × H. 'Beet Salad'. It is a medium size hosta with a height of about 14 inches and a spread of 28 inches. The foliage is narrowly ovate, slightly wavy and has smooth texture with thin substance. The red flower scapes bear rich purple flowers from mid-July into August.

The registration materials state: "Emerges with blood red petioles and red margins. First leaves "blush" red when the second flush of leaves appear."


United States Patent: PP28920 

Abstract: A new and distinct cultivar of Hosta named ‘First Blush’, characterized by its medium sized mounding clump, green leaves with purplish-red colored petioles on both sides, that emerge with a thin purplish-red margin, become (“blush”) purplish-red on the upward side of the leaf blade in the space between the veins, and producing dark purple pink flowers on purplish-red scapes. In combination these traits set ‘First Blush’ apart from all other existing varieties of Hosta known to the inventor.

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