This is one of the first generation of
H. 'Tardiana' type plants
created by English hybridizer,
Eric Smith. It was registered by
The American Hosta Society
on behalf of Smith in 1988.
This medium sized (18 inches high) plant is
a hybrid of H. 'Tardiflora'
x Hosta sieboldiana.
The foliage has smooth texture, slight waviness and thick texture. Pale bluish
lavender flowers on 28 inch high scapes bloom in late July to mid-August.
The Hostapedia by
(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 Hosta sieboldiana 'Elegans', i.e. fast growing, medium-sized, 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'."
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