Hosta 'June'


This 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.

This cultivar 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 UK.

From 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 Diana 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 Benedict Garden Performance Medal for 2009.

An article by Warren I. Pollock in The 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.

From The Hosta Journal, (2002 Vol. 33 No. 2), "...'Halcyon', 'Devon Green' and 'June'...are the same hosta but with different-colored leaves."

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Warren I. Pollock in The 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'."


The plant below is showing a reversion to the blue-green form of the non-variegated type. Follow the solid colored leaf petiole down to the crown in the soil and, with a sharp instrument, cut it out. This will maintain the all variegated form of June which is what you bought. Plant the cut out division elsewhere as a nice blue-green plant of H. 'Halcyon'.

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