This is one of the first generation of
H. 'Tardiana' type plants
created by English hybridizer,
Eric Smith in 1961. It was registered by
British Hosta and Hemerocallis Society
on behalf of Smith in 1988.
This medium size (18 inches high by 43 inches
wide) plant is
a hybrid of H. 'Tardiflora'
x H. 'Elegans'.
The foliage has smooth texture, slight waviness and thick texture. Pale bluish
lavender flowers on 28 inch high scapes bloom from late July into August.
The Hostapedia by
(2009), "If you are limited to only one Tardiana by law, or
for that matter, one blue-leaved hosta, then 'Halcyon' should be your choice. It
probably best exemplifies what Eric Smith was after when he hybridized 'Tardiflora'
with Hosta sieboldiana 'Elegans', i.e. fast growing, medium-size, blue-leaved hostas...a great source of sports and is a superior breeding plant...I have
always thought that if someone wanted to develop an evergreen hosta, they should
start with 'Halcyon'."
Field Guide to Hostas by
Mark Zilis (2014),
"Out of all 34 named Tardianas, 'Halcyon' ranks as the most well-known and
widely propagated. It has proven to be a superior garden plant..."
has appeared several times in the Popularity Poll by
members of The American Hosta Society. It has also been awarded the Royal
Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit in the