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Clean lines, cool color. Shady spaces get a dose of easy elegance with Halcyon Hosta. This classic Spirit will bring a look of simple sophistication to your landscape with its fantastic foliage. A vigorous grower, Halcyon quickly forms a dense clump of spotless, slate-blue leaves. The heart-shaped foliage has great substance, holding up well in the elements. It’s one of the last Hostas to go dormant when fall’s frosty weather arrives. Halcyon is a mid-sized Hosta that can be used as a single specimen, but we like it even better in groups. When planted en masse, its uniform steely-blue foliage has a calming effect.
Hostas are native to Japan, China, and Korea, but they have many passionate fans around the world. Over the years, plant breeders (along with some home gardeners) have introduced new Hosta selections whenever they’ve found a plant with unique traits. As a result, there are now thousands of varieties to pick from! Large, small, blue, green, gold, variegated, upright, or spreading—there’s something for everyone. Halcyon was bred by an English nurseryman, the late Eric B. Smith, in 1961. He introduced the plant in 1974, though it wasn’t officially registered until 1988.
Hostas are simple to grow, but one challenge Hosta growers do face is slugs. Slugs love these succulent Spirits. Because Halcyon Hosta has such thick, waxy foliage, however, it is largely slug-proof! They tend to shun it and go elsewhere in search of easier meals.
How to Grow
Hostas love shade, and Halcyon is no exception. A bit of gentle morning sun, however, will help to bring out the bluest tones. Water regularly. This Hosta does possess some drought tolerance when established, but it will appear lushest with plenty of H2O. Avoid overhead irrigation if possible, which washes off the blue coating. Plants will become blue-green in rainy climates. In deer-prone areas, treat with Plantskydd® to prevent grazing. Foliage will die back after several frosts and can be cut back then. If you wish to dig and divide Halcyon, you can do it at any time, but late winter/early spring is best.
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