Hosta 'War Party'

This giant size (30 inches high by 36 inches wide) introduction by Randy 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.

According to The Hostapedia by Mark Zilis (2009), "The rich blue foliage color of' 'War Party' ranks with the best."

The New Encyclopedia of Hostas by Diana Grenfell (2009) states: "Holds its blue leaf color well...The intensely rippled leaves on a large blue-green hosta."

In an article in The Hosta Journal (2003 Vol. 34 No. 3), hybridizer Randy Goodwin was asked to select his top five favorite blue and yellow hostas. He responded with the following:

Favorite Blue Hostas
H. 'Halcyon' - 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 characteristic of 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.


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