Hosta 'Tardiana' Group

In 1991, the 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 or hybridizers.

This is one of the hosta groupings that was shifted from species to cultivar status. For more on this process ...

Species switched 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 reblooms late in the year. The most famous cultivar is H. 'Halcyon' which has been used in hybridizing many new cultivars.

  1. 'Blue Arrow ' - T
  2. 'Blue Beard ' - T
  3. 'Blue Belle'
  4. 'Blue Blush'
  5. 'Blue Chip ' - T
  6. 'Blue Clown ' - T
  7. 'Blue Danube'
  8. 'Blue Diamond'
  9. 'Blue Dimples '
  10. 'Blue Heaven ' - T
  11. 'Blue Ice ' - T
  12. 'Blue Jay ' - T
  13. 'Blue June ' - T
  14. 'Blue Moon'
  15. 'Blue Skies'
  16. 'Blue Wedgwood '
  17. 'Brother Ronald '
  18. 'Camelot'
  19. 'Curlew'
  20. 'Dorset Blue '
  21. 'Dorset Charm'
  22. 'Dorset Flair'
  1. 'El Nino' -T
  2. 'Emerald Necklace '
  3. 'Eric Smith'
  4. 'Grey Goose'
  5. 'Hadspen Blue'
  6. 'Hadspen Hawk'
  7. 'Hadspen Heron'
  8. 'Hadspen Pink'
  9. 'Halcyon '
  10. 'Happiness ' - T
  11. 'Harmony'
  12. 'Kingfisher'
  13. 'Osprey ' -T
  14. 'Purbeck Ridge'
  15. 'Reginald Kaye' - T
  16. 'September White' - T
  17. 'Sherborne Profusion'
  18. 'Sherborne Songbird'
  19. 'Sherborne Swallow'
  20. 'Sherborne Swan'
  21. 'Wagtail'
  22. '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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