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Fortunei Hyacinthina (von Siebold 87)

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Fortunei Hyacinthina (von Siebold 87)

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Fortunei Hyacinthina (von Siebold 87)

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Fortunei Hyacinthina (von Siebold 87)

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Fortunei Hyacinthina (von Siebold 87)

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Fortunei Hyacinthina (von Siebold 87)

Photo by Viktoria Serafin

Fortunei Hyacinthina (von Siebold 87)

Photo by Viktoria Serafin

'Fortunei Hyacinthina' is the correct name for this plant, although it is frequently called simply 'Hyacinthina'. It is arguably the most important hosta in the commercial arena. Only a few cultivars can match it in the sales of both itself and its sports. No other hosta, and probably no other plant of any kind can match it for the sheer number of sports it has produced. Over fifty have been named and many of those have been very popular plants. This is the simple all-green form that started it all. It originated in von Siebold's garden and was named in 1954 by Hylander (as a species) then changed to a cultivar by Schmid and registered in 1987. It varies somewhat in how glaucous it gets, but can be fairly blue although most are a deep slightly glaucous green, with an unusual dove-grey underside. The scapes are also glaucous and the flowers an attractive shade of lavender. Fertility varies with the sports, but the all-green form represented here sets seed reasonably well.