Sea Holly although it behaves like a prairie plant is not native. It has however been in North America since the 1800’s. I love it for its true blue color. This small thistle like plant has round umbels with bright steel blue flowers and blue-green bracts, on bright blue stems. The color, although quite bright blue also appears somewhat silvery; so this plant is wonderful in the moon garden and as a backdrop for white flowers. This is one of those plants that will live nearly anywhere, but it is best in full sun and sandy or poor soil and not too wet. If placed in shade or overly rich soil it tends to get bigger and flop over. In preferred conditions it stays about 2 feet tall, fuller and upright. This plant is very drought tolerant once established and is also ignored by deer. It is a super easy care free plant, just cut the taller stems from the basil leaves once a year. I usually do it very late in fall. The plant dries really well and holds its color when dried. If using it for wreaths and arrangements wait until the stems and flowers develop their brightest color.$5.00
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By Aden; 1978
This medium/large brilliant gold hosta simply glows in the dark. The chordate, puckered, heart shaped leaves are cupped and this becomes more pronounced as the plant ages. Better if it gets some sun. The glossy leaves show off pure white flowers on 24” scapes.$8.00
By Vaughn/Aden – 1986
The flowers are the best part of this splendid plant. They are white and very fragrant, not to mention being large, and an interesting long white spike forms before they open. They wait until the warmth of summer to bloom so the fragrance can waft. The sun tolerance, rapid growth and glossy light green, lanceolate leaves helped it to become hosta of the year in 1996. The bright white margins ribbon the edges and match the flowers. The medium sized 2 x 1 ½ foot plants really like at least a half day of sun and they will grow faster and bloom better in sun. A seedling of Fragrant Bouquet, she is also one of the last to go dormant in fall due to nice substance.$6.00
Roy Herold/AHS/Walek 2009
Striking dark red petioles hold lance shaped very dark green/blue leaves. Leaves are 8” x 4” and somewhat erect. The red blends into the leaf blades and also spreads up the scapes. The glaucous leaves are silver white on the underside.
The name is perfect for it. Red petioles and it blooms in October. It has a very heavy bloom with lavender flowers on a 1.5 foot scape, and at a time when many of the others are already starting to go dormant. Red October is one of the very last to go dormant too, so it’s perfect for the far north.
By Kuk – 1991
Queen Josephine is a sport of Josephine and her stand out feature is her beautiful shinny dark green leaves with bright lemon yellow margins; so glossy that they look wet. The plant is medium sized topping out at around 2 ½ feet wide and it’s loose vase shaped form reaches a little over 1 ½ feet tall. This medium fast grower waits till August to send up lavender flowers on 33” scapes.$9.00
G. Williams 1996
One of the most unusual hosta around; extremely long, rippled dark green leaves have a waxy shine and a very thin yellow margin. The leaves are held straight upright and are folded and wavy, giving a twisted appearance.
These will never be mistaken for another hosta and they look interesting placed among the mounding hostas.
Light lavender flowers will appear midsummer. Amazing!
Each small 18″ wide clump resembles many hands folded in prayer.
Mark Zilis/Bob Solberg 1999
This sport of H.’Pineapple Poll’ is a medium clump of long lance-shaped (4” x 10”) leaves and is wonderfully variegated.
The leaf emerges with a gold green center and a darker green margin and then depending on what kind of light it is in and progressing as the seasons change, it turns more gold and eventually near white. The leaves are ruffled and have very heavy substance.
The rapidly growing clump can be 2.5 feet wide, but is mounding rather than tall so it could be placed closer to the front.
Light lavender flowers appear in late July.
You gotta love the name.
John Machen 1994
‘Minuteman’ is a ‘Francee’ sport. It is different from, but similar to ‘Patriot’.
The leaves are a little rounder and more cupped. They can be a little wavy and rippled. The leaves are broadly ovate with a rounded base and have good heavy substance. They are slightly shiny on top and dull grey below.
The size is 24 x 12″ with 18-30″ scapes. The color is very dark green with a smooth wide creamy-white margin.
The flowers appear in July and are tubular, pale lavender, and striped.
By Herb Benedict – 2009
A nice unregistered medium sized hosta that gets about a 1 ½ feet tall and nearly 2 feet wide. It will really pop in your garden; with shiny, green, heart shaped leaves edged by wide borders of gold that change to creamy white as the leaves age. Light lavender flowers appear in June.
By Lydell – 1991
Lunar Orbit is a sport of August moon that has rugose, cordate yellow leaves that are thick and leathery with blue green margins that occasionally streak in towards the center. Mature plants are about 2 ½ feet wide and a foot tall and the slug resistant leaves are about 7 x 5”. The 2 foot scapes bear pale lavender bells in July. This beauty can even take some sun.$8.00