Hosta 'Yankee Blue'

This cultivar is a hybrid of H. 'Blue Arrow' × H. 'Elatior' that was registered by Bob Balitewicz of Indiana in 1999. The large size (21 inches high by about 56 inches wide) plant has narrowly ovate leaves with a thick underside bloom. Its near white flowers bloom from late July into mid-August followed by viable seeds.

According to The Hostapedia by Mark Zilis (2009), "The appearance of this rich blue-leaved cultivar is all Tardiana, albeit at the large end of the size range."

The New Encyclopedia of Hostas by Diana Grenfell (2009) states: "A vigorous, rapid increaser for a blue-leaved hosta."

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

Charles Tuttle - "H. 'Buckeye Blue' has to be up there in the top five."

Bob Balitewicz - "My favorite is 'Yankee Blue'." 

Kent Terpening - "H. 'Winfield Blue'. I also vote for 'Venetian Blue' and 'Blue Jay' and 'Deep Blue Sea' and ..."

Mary Chastain - "Several garden visitors have stated that 'Lakeside Color Blue' is the bluest hosta they have ever seen" 

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!"

  1. H. 'Paper Lantern'
  2. H. 'Pastels'
  3. H. 'Whybblue'


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