Hosta 'Grünspecht'
or 'Gruenspecht'

This is a sport of H. 'Halcyon' which has green leaves was originated by Heinz Klose of Staudengärtnerei Klose in Germany but was registered by Peter Ruh of Ohio as a Tardiana-type hybrid in 2003. It has dark green foliage with thick substance. Very pale lavender flowers bloom in July.

According to The Hostapedia by Mark Zilis (2009), "...This cultivar should not be listed as 'Grunspecht', though 'Gruenspecht' is acceptable. It is identical to the other green-leaved sports of 'Halcyon'."

Green Woodpecker


An article by Warren I. Pollack in The Hosta Journal  (2020 Vol. 51 No. 1) titled Doppelgänger Hostas: Fancy Name for Look-alike Hostas, included a long list of hostas which various hostaphiles, published articles or other sources have indicated "look" the same. Some of these are, in fact, the same plant with two or more different names. Others are hostas that vary in some minor trait which is not immediately discernable to the casual observer such as seasonal color variations, bloom traits, ploidy, etc. So, as Warren mentions, hostaphiles may differ as to the plants listed but then, their opinions are based on visual observations and interpretations.

 H. 'Canadian Shield', H. 'Devon Green', H. 'Grünspecht', H. 'Kryptonite', H. 'Peridot' and H. 'Vallerie's Vanity'.



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