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PlantFiles: Hosta
Hosta 'Halcyon'

Family: Liliaceae (lil-ee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Hosta (HOSS-tuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Halcyon
Hybridized by Smith; Year of Registration or Introduction: 1988

Synonym:Hosta x tardiana

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12 vendors have this plant for sale.

44 members have or want this plant for trade.

Plant Size (check one):
Large (leaf 81-144 square inches; plant 18-28 tall)

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)
USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

Sun Exposure:
Partial to Full Shade

Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Patent Information:

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

Growing Habit:

Growth Rate:

Leaf Shape:

Leaf Appearance:

Degree to which the appearance is present:

Leaf Texture (top):
Glaucous Bloom

Leaf Texture (bottom):
Glaucous Bloom

Leaf Substance:
1 (Thick)

Leaf Color:
Medium Blue-Green

Color of Leaf Margin:
No margin

Number of Vein Pairs:
12 to 15

Appearance of Margin:
Flat/Nearly Flat

Margin Width:
No margin

Bloom Time:

Flower Shape:

Flower Fragrance:
No fragrance

Does it set seed?:
Seed is rarely viable

Bloom Color:
Pale Lavender

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6 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive ellon On May 11, 2006, ellon from Renton, WA (Zone 7b) wrote:

One of my favorite blue hostas. I have them growing both in pots and in the beds-equally beautiful. Can't get enough of them.

Positive Shadyfolks On Jun 11, 2005, Shadyfolks from Chesterland, OH (Zone 5b) wrote:

It's one of the last Hosta to go down for me in the fall. Not until it frosts.

Positive Cesca_B On Jun 9, 2005, Cesca_B from Henderson, KY wrote:

This 'little' beauty is doing very well in my full shade next to my house. The blue is a great contrast to Albomarginata, Aureomarginata and Royal Standard. My soil, in this area, isn't all that rich, isn't acidic and in general is 'just dirt' but all of my hostas are quite happy.

Positive northgrass On Mar 2, 2005, northgrass from West Chazy, NY (Zone 4b) wrote:

Love the blue color of this rather small plant. Spreads nicely when happy.

Positive Todd_Boland On Mar 8, 2004, Todd_Boland from St. John's, NL (Zone 5b) wrote:

A lovely compact Hosta with the most blue leaves you can imagine. The thick textured leaves are mostly slug-resistant, another added plus! I grow many blue hosta, but this by far my favorite.

Positive HummerRachel On Jan 20, 2003, HummerRachel from Cornwall, ON (Zone 5b) wrote:

I can't think of a single thing wrong with this hosta... only that I should have more ;)

Neutral jody On Jul 28, 2002, jody from MD &, VA (Zone 7b) wrote:

Flowers are lavender on 28" scapes.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Cullman, Alabama
Montgomery, Alabama
Paradise, California
Dacula, Georgia
Decatur, Georgia
Marietta, Georgia
Caseyville, Illinois
Chicago, Illinois
Mount Prospect, Illinois
Nilwood, Illinois
Washington, Illinois
Inwood, Iowa
Wichita, Kansas
Henderson, Kentucky
Crofton, Maryland
Gaithersburg, Maryland
Lutherville Timonium, Maryland
Dearborn Heights, Michigan
Plainwell, Michigan
Royal Oak, Michigan
Traverse City, Michigan
Circle Pines, Minnesota
Minneapolis, Minnesota
New Ulm, Minnesota
Independence, Missouri
Piedmont, Missouri
Lothair, Montana
Litchfield, New Hampshire
Cape May Court House, New Jersey
Jamesburg, New Jersey
West Islip, New York
Elizabeth City, North Carolina
New Bern, North Carolina
Pittsboro, North Carolina
Taylorsville, North Carolina
Belfield, North Dakota
Chesterland, Ohio
Cincinnati, Ohio
Coshocton, Ohio
Glouster, Ohio
Wellington, Ohio
Gold Hill, Oregon (2 reports)
Portland, Oregon
Salem, Oregon
Norristown, Pennsylvania
Reynoldsville, Pennsylvania
Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania
Lexington, South Carolina
North Augusta, South Carolina
Colmesneil, Texas
Coppell, Texas
Hereford, Texas
Rowlett, Texas
Spring, Texas
Big Stone Gap, Virginia
Lexington, Virginia
Newport News, Virginia
Portsmouth, Virginia
Reston, Virginia
Springfield, Virginia
Bellevue, Washington
East Port Orchard, Washington
Puyallup, Washington
Burlington, Wisconsin
Eau Claire, Wisconsin
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Pound, Wisconsin
Prairie Du Sac, Wisconsin

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