Hosta 'Winfield Blue'

This medium size (18 inches high by 45 inches wide) plant falls into the Tardiana-type of blue-green hostas. It was registered by Mark Zilis of Illinois in 1999 as being of unidentified parentage. The foliage is intensely blue-green, slightly rippled and has a glaucous bloom on top. It forms pale lavender flowers from mid-July into August and sets viable seeds.

The Hostapedia by Mark Zilis (2009), says that this plant falls into a category of "cultivars that exhibit many Tardiana traits but are not a part of Eric Smith's original group."

The New Encyclopedia of Hostas by Diana Grenfell (2009) states: "Outstanding blue leaf color holds late into the summer provided the plant is grown in light to full shade...Among the bluest of the hostas with all-blue leaves and quite distinct."

An article about favorite blue hostas in The Hosta Journal (2006 Vol. 37 No. 2) reported the responses of the following hosta hybridizers:

bullet Charles Tuttle - "H. 'Buckeye Blue' has to be up there in the top five."
bullet Bob Balitewicz - "My favorite is 'Yankee Blue'." 
bullet Kent Terpening - "H. 'Winfield Blue'. I also vote for 'Venetian Blue' and 'Blue Jay' and 'Deep Blue Sea' and ..."
bullet Mary Chastain - "Several garden visitors have stated that 'Lakeside Color Blue' is the bluest hosta they have ever seen" 
bullet Virginia and Brian Skaggs - "What is the bluest? What time of day? What time of year? The color is different under different lights and different times of the year. Everyone's eyes see colors differently too. Tough call!"


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