Hosta 'Tardiana' Group

In 1991, the then most comprehensive book about hostas, The Genus Hosta by W. George Schmid, was published. It was the first intensively researched book about the entire genus which, until that time, suffered from a lot of misinformation and name confusion. As the result of his research, Schmid determined that several of the plants previously treated as separate, naturally occurring, species were, in fact, cultivated varieties, i.e. cultivars, created by nurseries and hybridizers or of unknown origin.

This hosta is one which was historically considered a natural species but was changed to a cultivar by Schmid. For more on this process ...

Species switched from species to cultivar status in 1991 include:

The H. 'Tardiana' Group of hostas was developed by Eric Smith (1917-1986) in England. It consists of many blue colored hybrids of H. 'Tardiflora' and Hosta sieboldiana 'Elegans'. This was a very unique cross since one normally blooms in early season while the other flowers in the fall. One year, the early form (H. 'Elegans') decided to put on a few re-blooms late in the year allowing Smith to cross breed them. The most famous cultivar is H. 'Halcyon' which has been used in hybridizing many new cultivars.

Members of this group of hostas have rich blue-green foliage and are generally about medium size. Its leaves have 12-13 pairs of veins. The Tardianas produce pale lavender flowers in clusters during the late July to mid-August period of the summer.

  1. 'Blue Arrow ' - T
  2. 'Blue Beads' - T
  3. 'Blue Beard ' - T
  4. 'Blue Belle'
  5. 'Blue Blush'
  6. 'Blue Bunch' - T
  7. 'Blue Butterfly' - T
  8. 'Blue Chip ' - T
  9. 'Blue Clown ' - T
  10. 'Blue Danube'
  11. 'Blue Dart' - T
  12. 'Blue Diamond'
  13. 'Blue Dimples '
  14. 'Blue Dream' - T
  15. 'Blue Haze' - T
  16. 'Blue Heaven ' - T
  17. 'Blue Ice ' - T
  18. 'Blue Ice Cream' - T
  19. 'Blue Jay ' - T
  20. 'Blue Jewel' - T
  21. 'Blue June ' - T
  22. 'Blue Moon'
  23. 'Blue Skies'
  24. 'Blue Urchin' - T
  25. 'Blue Wedgwood '
  26. 'Blue You Bet' - T
  27. 'Brother Ronald '
  28. 'Camelot'
  29. 'Cool Blue' - T
  30. 'Curlew'
  1. 'Dainty Dwarf' - T
  2. 'Devon Blue'
  3. 'Dorset Blue '
  4. 'Dorset Charm'
  5. 'Dorset Flair'
  6. 'El Nino' -T
  7. 'Emerald Necklace '
  8. 'Eric Smith'
  9. 'Grey Goose'
  10. 'Hadspen Blue'
  11. 'Hadspen Hawk'
  12. 'Hadspen Heron'
  13. 'Hadspen Pink'
  14. 'Halcyon '
  15. 'Happiness ' - T
  16. 'Harmony'
  17. 'Hebe Blue' - T
  18. 'I Bluit' - T
  19. 'Kingfisher'
  20. 'Osprey ' -T
  21. 'Purbeck Ridge'
  22. 'Reginald Kaye' - T
  23. 'September White' - T
  24. 'Sherborne Profusion'
  25. 'Sherborne Songbird'
  26. 'Sherborne Swallow'
  27. 'Sherborne Swan'
  28. 'Wagtail'
  29. 'Winfield Blue'

- T = The Hosta Handbook by Mark Zilis (2000), 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."

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