The plant shown is mislabeled 'Morning Dove'.
The birds are actually fretting i.e. mourning, over a dead
feathered friend, we suspect.
A hybrid of an
unnamed streaked plant of H. 'Mikawa-no-yuki' (aka H. 'Ozaki Special') x H. 'Blue
Jay', this cultivar was registered by
Shady Oaks Nursery of Minnesota in 2005 and was granted a U.S. patent in
grows into a medium size plant about a 12 inches tall by 31
inches wide with lavender flowers in August followed by viable
The New Encyclopedia of Hostas by
Grenfell (2009) states: "Lovely in a container or grown with ferns and
shade-loving yellow grasses...Divide frequently."
Similar hostas include H. 'Wolverine'.
United States Patent: PP17311 (2006)
Abstract: A new cultivar of Hosta named ‘Mourning
Dove’, that is characterized by its unique variegated
foliage of wedge-shaped leaves with blue-green centers
and yellow-green margins comprising about one fourth of
the leaf area. ‘Mourning Dove’ is a medium sized
Hosta with a flat mounded plant habit that blooms in
late summer with lavender flowers that arise on scapes
held almost horizontal to the foliage.