Hosta 'Mourning Dove'
 

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 Hans Hansen and Shady Oaks Nursery of Minnesota in 2005 and was granted a U.S. patent in 2006. It grows into a medium size plant about a 12 inches tall by 31 inches wide with lavender flowers in August followed by viable seeds.

The New Encyclopedia of Hostas by Diana 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.



This specimen was also mislabeled as Morning Dove...is there a trend here?

 
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