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Hosta (Tardiana Group) 'Hadspen Blue' (Plantain Lily)

Plantain Lily 'Hadspen Blue', 'Hadspen Blue' Hosta, Hosta × tardiana 'Hadspen Blue'


The wonderful leaf color of Hosta 'Hadspen Blue' (Plantain Lily) makes it a very worthwhile garden plant. It forms an elegant mound of heart-shaped, smooth with some dimpling when mature, thick-textured, slightly cupped, rich blue leaves. Bell-shaped, pale lavender blooms appear in midsummer, rising on blue-gray scapes 18 in. long (45 cm), but the primary contribution of this hosta is its lovely foliage.

This cultivar retains its extraordinary blue leaf color longer than most blue hostas. Early to emerge, 'Hadspen Blue' is a slower growing hosta (takes several years to develop mature shape) whose dense foliage is pest resistant.

  • Recipient of the prestigious Award of Garden Merit of the Royal Horticultural Society
  • Easy grower, this clump-forming perennial grows 18 in. tall (45 cm) and spreads 34 in. (85 cm).
  • A part shade to full shade lover, it is best grown in rich, moist, well-drained soils. Partial shade is best, but it can tolerate some sun if the soil is kept moist.
  • Perfect for the shade gardens, mixed with other perennials, in beds and borders, city or cottage gardens, as edging plant or underplanting shrubs.
  • Watch for slugs and snails which could damage the attractive foliage.
  • Cut off the stems after blooming to encourage the plant's growth. Discolored leaves should be trimmed back to the ground.
  • Propagate by division in late summer or early spring

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Requirements

Hardiness 3 – 9
Heat Zones 2 – 9
Climate Zones 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Hosta - Plantain Lilies
Exposure Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Height 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spread 2' – 3' (60cm – 90cm)
Spacing 36" (90cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Clay, Loam
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Plant of Merit, Showy
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Edging, Ground Covers, Underplanting Roses and Shrubs
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Informal and Cottage, Traditional Garden

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 3 – 9
Heat Zones 2 – 9
Climate Zones 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Hosta - Plantain Lilies
Exposure Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Height 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spread 2' – 3' (60cm – 90cm)
Spacing 36" (90cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Clay, Loam
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Plant of Merit, Showy
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Edging, Ground Covers, Underplanting Roses and Shrubs
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Informal and Cottage, Traditional Garden

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