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.