Hosta 'Halcyon'

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.

According to The Hostapedia by Mark Zilis (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 H. 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'."

From the 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..."

This cultivar 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 UK.
 

  1. H. 'Bulletproof'
  2. H. 'Blue Ivory'
  3. H. 'Canadian Shield'
  4. H. 'Devon Green'
  5. H. ‘El Niño
  6. H. 'Emerald Coast'
  7. H. 'Fired Up'
  8. H. 'First Frost'
  9. H. 'Gay Blade'
  10. H. 'Goldbrook Glimmer'
  11. H. 'Great Escape'
  12. H. 'Gruenspecht'
  13. H. 'Halcyon Sunset'
  1. H. 'June'
  2. H. 'Katherine Lewis'
  3. H. 'Kryptonite'
  4. H. 'Masked Marvel'
  5. H. 'My Forbidden Romance'
  6. H. 'On Fire'
  7. H. 'Paradise Joyce'
  8. H. 'Peridot'
  9. H. 'Sleeping Beauty'
  10. H. 'Tambourine'
  11. H. 'Valerie's Vanity'
  12. H. 'Valley's Lemon Ice'
  13. H. 'What's That'
  1. H. 'Anglo Saxon'
  2. H. 'Bix Blues'
  3. H. 'Blue Mountains'
  4. H. 'Blue Thunder'
  5. H. 'Blueper'
  6. H. 'Border Bandit'
  7. H. 'Carolina Blue'
  8. H. 'Cool Dreams'
  9. H. 'Crusader'
  10. H. 'Cubby Bear'
  11. H. 'Do Wop'
  12. H. 'Double Vision'
  13. H. 'Dress Blues'
  14. H. 'Edge of Night'
  15. H. 'Emerald Crown'
  16. H. 'Goldbrook Glamour'
  17. H. 'Goldeneye'
  18. H. 'Grandeur'
  1. H. 'Halcyon Harmony'
  2. H. 'Hallelujah'
  3. H. 'Hippodrome'
  4. H. 'Indigo'
  5. H. 'Gay Blade'
  6. H. 'Kiwi Blue Baby'
  7. H. 'Kiwi Emerald'
  8. H. 'Kiwi Emerald Isle'
  9. H. 'Lacy Belle'
  10. H. 'Longjohn'
  11. H. 'Mint Candy'
  12. H. 'Mount Holyoke'
  13. H. 'Powderpuff'
  14. H. 'Rainbow Falls'
  15. H. 'Sabertooth'
  16. H. 'Silver Creek Sunshine'
  17. H. 'Tambourine'
  18. H. 'Torchlight'
  19. H. 'Uncle John'

This is one of an increasing number of cultivars which has been found to be susceptible to Hosta Virus X. As research continues, a greater number of cultivars are being reported where at least one plant has been confirmed to have been infected. Of course, this does NOT mean that you should not grow this hosta. Only that you should learn more about this potential problem and be on the look out for it in your garden and at the plant nursery.

 

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