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Apr 12, 2016 6:39 PM CST
|'Purple Heart' was new to me September 2014 and was a bit of an impulse buy. It has grown well in its first full season in my garden but the background history on this hosta is a bit murky.
From a post by Don Rawson on a chat list, <br>
"According to a September 2010 posting on the Hosta Hybridizer's webpage at http://www.hostahybridizers.com/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=97, Dan Heims gave the following vague description of the background of 'Purple Heart': "Our plants are a 10 year culmination of crosses that started with an amazing group of Hosta that I brought back from Japan. A particularly black-marked H. rupifraga started it, then select backcross, select, select. Gary Gossett was our Hosta breeder back then. I heard rumors of yellow-flowered and red-flowered Hosta when I was in Japan, but never saw them."
The patent for 'Purple Heart' gives this statement regarding the background: "The plant is the culmination of a breeding program for red petiole and leaf base Hosta. It was bred in Canby, Oreg. using unpatented proprietary parents. The exact parents are unknown."
I have some very tiny (just germinated) seedlings from 'Purple Heart' that are already showing signs of nice red petioles.
Please feel free to share your pictures of this hosta.
Aug. 31 - flowers
Aug. 31 - notice that the flower scape was so long I couldn't get it in the picture.
Sept 21 - the seed pods were so heavy I needed to stake the scape. But it held up well to the end of September.
Pictures of all my hostas, updated annually and tracked since 2008 begin at: https://violaann.smugmug.com/Garden/Hostas/Hostas-in-my-gard...
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