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Blue Angel (F Shaw 86)

Photo by Chris Wilhoite

 

Blue Angel (F Shaw 86)

Photo by Duane Hurlbert

Blue Angel (F Shaw 86)

Photo by Viktoria Serafin

Blue Angel (F Shaw 86)

Photo by Steve Chamberlain

Blue Angel (F Shaw 86)

Photo by Ed Thaubald

Blue Angel (F Shaw 86)

Photo by Ed Thaubald

Blue Angel (F Shaw 86)

Photo by Ian Scroggy

Blue Angel (F Shaw 86)

Photo by Jim Roach

Blue Angel (F Shaw 86)

Photo by Patty Woodbury

Blue Angel (F Shaw 86)

Photo by Viktoria Serafin

According to Schmid, this very large 1986 Florence Shaw classic, only recently discovered to have been pirated by Aden, should not be confused with the European 'Blue Angel': sieboldiana 'Elegans'. The plant is 60" x 36" with cordate blue-green leaves which are slightly rugose. It is fertile with pale lavender bell-shaped flowers. It is suggested that this hosta has both montana and sieboldiana in its genetic mix. Van Wade describes the bloom scapes as hyacinth-like in respect to fullness and denseness of flowers. To do well the plant needs 1/4 sun to full shade. It has produced at least 4 sports of note: 'Angel', 'Guardian Angel', 'Angel Eyes', and 'Green Angel'. A single leaf can be 16 x 13". Bond says that once the plant is established it is very tolerant of dry situations, and because the leaves are not puckered and point downward, they collect little debris from their shady location. The leaves have good substance and the plant is fertile.


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