Hosta 'Honeybells'

This is one of the classic hostas that was originated in 1952 as a hybrid of H. plantaginea × H. lanceolata (According to The Hostapedia by Mark Zilis (2009), "probably H. sieboldii). The cultivar was registered by The American Hosta Society on behalf of the originator, Connecticut nurseryman, Alex Cumming, in 1986.

This fast growing large size (24 inches high) mound has wavy, smooth textured foliage. The leaves are oblong-elliptic and have average substance. It has fragrant flowers in mid-August and September.

According to The Hostapedia by Mark Zilis (2009), this cultivar "...ranks as the first hosta hybrid developed and introduced for sale in the United States. It is still considered a good landscaping plant due to its fast growth rate and nicely fragrant flowers."

This cultivar has been awarded the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit in the UK.

The New Encyclopedia of Hostas by Diana Grenfell (2009) states: "Tolerates full sun, which brings out the elusive fragrance of the flowers. Flowers open as the temperature rises, but the leaves turn a sickly green unless they receive plenty of water. Now superseded as a garden specimen and mainly used for landscaping."

This plant may have been sold at one time as Mackwoods No. 25.

There was a sibling i.e. from the same seed pod, plant which, to our knowledge was never given a true cultivar name. It was known as "FRW No. 829".

According to The Hosta Journal, (2000 Vol. 31, No. 1) "H. 'Honeybells' - first hosta hybrid developed and introduced for sale in the United States."

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

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