Hosta 'Blushing Blue'
[M] The quest for a red or purple hosta continues, but this hybrid from Belgian hybridizer Tom van Elst is a big step closer! Tom's cross of H. longipes var. hypoglauca x 'Salute' resulted in a nice blue plant with pointed, wavy foliage of heavy substance. The best part is the lavender flame that burns through the center of each leaf! Similar to 'Purple Haze', but the color is much more concentrated through the center of the leaf. The purple color of 'Purple Haze' can be temperamental and is very short lived in early spring. Hosta 'Blushing Blue' holds the color for several weeks. Foliage sets on deep purple petioles and saturated scapes hold light lavender flowers in the fall. Impressive!
(T. van Elst)