Hosta 'Garnet Spires'

This cultivar is a seedling of [(H. 'Liberty Bell' × (H. 'Urajiro Hachijo' × H. pycnophylla)) x H. ‘Mikawa-no-Yuki’] which was registered by Don Dean of Minnesota in 2005. A medium size hosta (15 inches high by 36 inches wide), 'Garnet Spires' has medium green foliage. The leaves are narrowly ovate and slightly rippled. Pale lavender flowers bloom from mid-August into September on red to magenta scapes.

An article by Warren I. Pollock in The Hosta Journal (2014 Vol. 45 No. 2) states that, "H. 'Liberty Bell' crossed with ('Urajiro Hachijo' × H. pycnophylla) is a favorite pod parent of Don's (Don Dean). He used it to produce H. 'Celtic Bouquet' and H. 'Peek-a-boo Purple', both registered in 2011, and H. 'Ebony Towers' and H. 'Garnet Spires', in 2005. (Special Note: Parentages of 'Garnet Spires' and 'Peek-a-boo Purple' were corrected in the 2013 Registrations issue..."

"H. ‘Garnet Spires’ (2005) – This was registered as having the fol-lowing parentage which was incorrect: [H. 'Liberty Bell' × (H. 'Uraj-iro Hachijo' × H. pycnophylla) × H. longipes × H. kikutii]. The parentage for this cultivar should have read: [(H. 'Liberty Bell' × (H. 'Urajiro Hachijo' × H. pycnophylla)) × H. ‘Mikawa-no-Yuki’]"

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