Hosta 'Special Item'

An H. 'Fortunei Gigantea' seedling, this cultivar was registered in 1999 by Peter Ruh on behalf of Eunice V. Fisher who introduced it in 1961. A large (25 inches high) plant with leaves that have a deep lobe at the base and a long, thin tip. Pale lavender flowers in late June to mid July.

According to The Hostapedia by Mark Zilis (2009), this cultivar "...has become a rare commodity in collections and that is a shame. It offers attractive blue-green foliage and a good show of flowers in July...It is one of the few blue-leaved seedlings to originate out of 'Fortunei Gigantea'."

Similar cultivars include H. 'Gray Piecrust' and H. 'Herkules'.

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