Hosta 'Winfield Blue'

This medium size (18 inches high by 45 inches wide) plant falls into the Tardiana-type of blue-green hostas. It was registered by Mark Zilis of Illinois in 1999 as being of unidentified parentage. The foliage is intensely blue-green, slightly rippled and has a glaucous bloom on top. It forms pale lavender flowers from mid-July into August and sets viable seeds.

The Hostapedia by Mark Zilis (2009), says that this plant falls into a category of "cultivars that exhibit many Tardiana traits but are not a part of Eric Smith's original group."

The New Encyclopedia of Hostas by Diana Grenfell (2009) states: "Outstanding blue leaf color holds late into the summer provided the plant is grown in light to full shade...Among the bluest of the hostas with all-blue leaves and quite distinct."

An article about favorite blue hostas in The Hosta Journal (2006 Vol. 37 No. 2) reported the responses of the following hosta hybridizers:

bullet H. 'Blue Dimples'
bullet H. 'Elvis Lives'
bullet H. 'Miss Halley'
bullet H. 'Winfield Mist'

The plant shown below is showing some leaf fading that may occur later in the season on plants subjected to intensive sun conditions. The blue color of these hostas is due to a waxy "bloom" on the surface of the leaf. With the heat of summer and rains pounding on the leaves, they tend to fade as the season progresses.


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