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Hosta (Tardiana Group) ‘Halcyon’ (Plantain Lily)

Plantain Lily 'Halcyon', 'Halcyon' Hosta, Hosta × tardiana 'Halcyon', Hosta 'Green Halcyon', Hosta 'Holstein'

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Hosta Halcyon, Plantain Lily 'Halcyon', 'Halcyon' Hosta, Hosta × tardiana 'Halcyon', Hosta 'Green Halcyon', Hosta 'Holstein', Blue Hosta, Shade perennials, Plants for shade

One of the best blue hosta cultivars, ‘Halcyon’ (Plantain Lily), is a great addition to shady areas, forming an attractive, dense mound of smooth, flat, spear-shaped, thick-textured, intense blue leaves. Bell-shaped, pale lilac blooms appear in late summer, rising on mauve-gray scapes 26 in. long (65 cm), but the primary contribution of this hosta is its lovely foliage.

This cultivar retains its extraordinary blue leaf color well into late summer if provided with good light to dappled shade. ‘Halcyon’ is a slower-growing hosta (it takes several years to develop its mature shape) whose dense foliage crowds out most garden weeds.

  • 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 41 in. (102 cm).
  • Performs best in part shade to full shade in fertile, moist, well-drained soils. Shelter from cold, dry winds.
  • Perfect for the shade garden, mixed with other perennials in beds and borders, city gardens, and cottage gardens. Great for edging or underplanting shrubs and roses.
  • 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 early spring or late summer.
  • Toxic to dogs, toxic to cats, toxic to horses.

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 Asparagaceae
Genus Hosta
Common names Hosta, Plantain Lily
Exposure Partial Sun, Shade
Season of Interest Spring (Mid, Late)
Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Fall
Height 1' - 2'
(30cm - 60cm)
Spread 3' - 4'
(90cm - 120cm)
Spacing 48" (120cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Average
Soil Type Clay, Loam
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Plant of Merit, Showy
Tolerance Full Shade
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Edging, Underplanting Roses And Shrubs
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Traditional Garden, City and Courtyard
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Primula japonica (Japanese Primrose)
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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 Asparagaceae
Genus Hosta
Common names Hosta, Plantain Lily
Exposure Partial Sun, Shade
Season of Interest Spring (Mid, Late)
Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Fall
Height 1' - 2'
(30cm - 60cm)
Spread 3' - 4'
(90cm - 120cm)
Spacing 48" (120cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Average
Soil Type Clay, Loam
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Plant of Merit, Showy
Tolerance Full Shade
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Edging, Underplanting Roses And Shrubs
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Traditional Garden, City and Courtyard
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