Hosta 'Valerie's Vanity'

Bob Keller of Illinois registered this medium size cultivar in 1991 as a sport of H. 'Halcyon'. It grows to 16 inches high and 40 inches wide with slightly wavy foliage with deep veins and thick substance. The pale lavender flowers bloom starting in late July.

An article about H. 'Canadian Shield', H. 'Devon Green', H. 'Peridot' and H. 'Valerie's Vanity' by Warren I. Pollock in The Hosta Journal (1997 Vol. 28 No. 1) states that, "These four hostas are mutations of 'Halcyon', arguably the best of the late Eric Smith's blue-leaved Tardiana Group...Are all four cultivars the same? I haven't seen any evidence they are different."

An article about the Halcyon Group by Peter Cross in The Hosta Journal (2004 Vol. 35 No.2) says, "...'Halcyon' is a first-generation member (TF 1 × 7) of the legendary Tardiana Group of hostas, which consists of hybrids of 'Tardiflora' × H. sieboldiana 'Elegans', produced in England by Eric Smith,  the master hybridizer of blue hostas, in the 1960s....Traditionally, sporting involves the cells in a section of a leaf (either margin or center) changing color...These sports simply lack the wax coating that makes the hosta leaves appear blue...I find it impossible to see any differences between these green sports..." Cross lists the all-green sports of 'Halcyon' including:

bullet H. 'Canadian Shield'
bullet H. 'Devon Green'
bullet H. 'Emerald Coast'
bullet H. 'Grünspecht'
bullet H. 'Kryptonite'
bullet H. 'Peridot'

(Photo 2010)

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