Hosta Halcyon

Hosta 'Halcyon'

Plantain lily

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Key Information

  • Botanical name: Hosta 'Halcyon'
  • Common name: Plantain lily
  • Plant type: Perennial

Height: 40cm

Spread: 70cm

Flower colour:
  • Purple
Foliage colour:
  • BlueGreen
  • Features: Dramatic foliage, Flowers

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Hostas are popular, shade-loving plants, grown mainly for their beautiful foliage, although most varieties also have pretty, tubular flowers. Hosta leaves come in a wide range of shapes, colors, sizes, and textures, so there's a huge choice to suit you and your garden.

Hosta 'Halcyon' is one of the best blue-leaved hostas. It has medium, glaucous blue leaves that are lance-shaped when young, becoming to heart-shaped when mature. In summer, the foliage is complemented by the bell-shaped, greyish-lavender flowers.

For best results, grow in partial shade, ideally with some morning sun to bring out the colour of the leaves. Hosta 'Halcyon' thrives in rich, moist soil with plenty of organic matter added to the soil before planting. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it its prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM).

Position

  • Sun exposure: Dappled shade, Full shade
  • Aspect: North facing, East facing, West facing
  • Position in border: Front
  • Hardiness: Hardy
  • Maintenance: Needs regular watering in pots
  • Soil type: Well drained/light/sandy, Clay/heavy/moist, Chalky/alkaline

Wildlife

Attracts:
  • Bees

  • Beneficial insects

  • Birds

  • Butterflies / Moths

  • Other pollinators

  • Wildlife features: Nectar/pollen rich flowers

Care routine

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Toxicity

Toxic to:
  • People

  • Cats

  • Dogs

  • Birds

  • Horses

  • Livestock

  • Effects: Purgative if ingested

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