Hosta 'Fragrant Blue'

Originated by Dr. Kevin Vaughn of Massachusetts, Paul Aden of New York registered this cultivar in 1988 as a hybrid of H. '8413' × H. '8270'. This was later changed to origination by Vaughn and registration by The American Hosta Society itself in 2012. It grows into a large size (20 inches high) mound with slightly wavy and corrugated foliage with good substance. In early to late August, it bears fragrant, pale lavender flowers followed by viable seeds.

According to The Hostapedia by Mark Zilis (2009), this cultivar " notable for its good blue foliage and fragrant flowers and was the first registered cultivar to combine the two."

From the Field Guide to Hostas by Mark Zilis (2014), "...represented a breakthrough in the world of hostas, i.e., a blue-leaved hosta bearing fragrant has proven to be a tremendous garden plant."

The New Encyclopedia of Hostas by Diana Grenfell (2009) states: "Vigorous...Among the few blue-leaved hostas with fragrant flowers, although the fragrance is only perceptible in the hot climates."

In an article in The Hosta Journal (2016 Vol. 47 No 2), the author described this plant's flowers as having a "Very Weak" fragrance compared to other hostas.


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