tissue culture sport of
H. 'Halcyon' was registered in 1991 by the English nursery,
NEO Plants, Ltd. It is a medium size
(16 inches high by 37 inches wide) plant with blue-green foliage
that has a medial (center) variegation that starts the season
light green and changes to chartreuse later. The leaves are
slightly wavy, ovate and have a thick bloom on the bottom. Pale lavender flowers appear
from late July into August.
has appeared several times in the Popularity Poll by members of The American Hosta Society
(see below). It was the
2001 "Hosta of the Year" by the
American Hosta Growers Association. It has also been awarded the Royal Horticultural
Society's Award of Garden Merit in the
Field Guide to Hostas by Mark Zilis (2014), "...reached the United States in 1992, and from that point
forward, it rapidly accelerated to the upper echelon of
popularity. Why? Its striking variegation, good growth rate,
dense symmetrical mound habit, and slug-resistant substance add
up to a winning combination."
The New Encyclopedia of Hostas by
Grenfell (2009) states: "For a stronger, harsher contrast of leaf colors,
site in morning sun. Indeed, the difference between plants
growing in good light and plants grown in shade is so marked
they look like different plants...Easy to grow. A superb
foreground specimen. Lovely in a shiny blue ceramic pot."
This cultivar was winner of the
Garden Performance Medal for 2009.
An article by Warren I. Pollock in
Hosta Journal (1995 Vol. 26 No. 2) states that, "One
important aspect about 'June' culture needs to be emphasized. It needs a lot of
sun to brighten up the yellowish center. In fact, other than maybe in the South,
I recommend all day sun in the springtime when the leaves are emerging and
developing their color and full size.
Hosta Journal, (2002 Vol. 33 No. 2), "...'Halcyon',
'Devon Green' and
'June'...are the same hosta but with different-colored leaves."
Warren I. Pollock in
Hosta Journal (1994 Vol. 25 No. 2) writes, "H. 'Early
Times' is an all-yellow glaucous sport of 'June'...H.
'June' is the yellow-centered
blue-bordered sport that arose in tissue culture from 'Halcyon'.
Thus, in turn, 'Early times' is the yellow sport of 'Halcyon'."