This is one of the first generation of
created by English hybridizer,
Eric Smith in 1961. It was registered by
British Hosta and Hemerocallis Society on behalf of Smith in 1988.
This medium size (18 inches high by 43 inches
wide) plant is
a hybrid of H. 'Tardiflora' × H. 'Elegans'.
The foliage has smooth texture, slight waviness and thick texture. Pale bluish
lavender flowers on 28 inch high scapes bloom from late July into August
followed by viable seeds.
The Hostapedia by
Mark Zilis (2009), "If you are limited to only one Tardiana by law, or
for that matter, one blue-leaved hosta, then 'Halcyon' should be your choice. It
probably best exemplifies what Eric Smith was after when he hybridized 'Tardiflora' with H. sieboldiana 'Elegans', i.e. fast growing, medium-size, blue-leaved hostas...a great source of sports and is a superior breeding plant...I have
always thought that if someone wanted to develop an evergreen hosta, they should
start with 'Halcyon'."
Field Guide to Hostas by Mark Zilis (2014),
"Out of all 34 named Tardianas, 'Halcyon' ranks as the most well-known and
widely propagated. It has proven to be a superior garden plant..."
The New Encyclopedia of Hostas by
Grenfell (2009) states: "A benchmark for all hostas in the Tardiana Group.
The original H. 'Halcyon' is usually now only seen in older
collections, since seed-raised strains and the advent of
tissue culture have bastardized it...Winner of the 1987 Alex J. Summers
Distinguished Merit Hosta Award."
Hosta Journal, Vol. 33 No. 2 - 2002: "...'Halcyon', 'Devon Green' and 'June'...are the same
hosta but with different-colored leaves."
has appeared several times in the Popularity Poll by
members of The American Hosta Society. It has also been awarded the Royal
Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit in the