This giant size (30 inches high by 36 inches
wide) introduction by
Goodwin of Indiana is of unidentified parentage and was registered in 2000. The
narrowly ovate to ovate leaves have smooth texture and are wavy
with thick substance. Pale lavender flowers bloom in July
followed by viable seeds.
The Hostapedia by Mark Zilis (2009), "The rich blue foliage color of'
'War Party' ranks with the best."
The New Encyclopedia of Hostas by
Grenfell (2009) states: "Holds its blue leaf color well...The intensely
rippled leaves on a large blue-green hosta."
In an article in
Hosta Journal (2003 Vol. 34 No. 3),
Randy Goodwin was
asked to select his top five favorite blue and
yellow hostas. He responded with
|Favorite Blue Hostas
||- The benchmark for blues...Whenever I
see a new blue hosta, I take a leaf and place it next to 'Halcyon'
as my standard. H. 'Winfield Blue' another consistent blue.
|H. 'War Party'
||- Holds its bloom well into late
summer...resembles a plant from the
Tardiana Group except it has a
larger growth habit with a mature clump spreading over 4 feet.
|H. 'Blue Angel'
||- Deservedly popular in Indianapolis
gardens...The size and color make it a classic.
|H. 'Blue Betty Lou'
||- Upright growth, leaves that are
H. 'Sieboldiana' and a powder blue bloom, has been a
favorite since I first saw it.
|H. 'Blue Blush'
||- Finding a smaller hosta with good
blue color plus a decent growth rate is difficult. H. 'Blue Blush'
fills this need.