Hostas forum: What are your favorite varieties with Purple Flowers??

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Name: Janice
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sandnsea2
Dec 28, 2011 6:09 AM CST
Which varieties do you think have the nicest purple flowers?
Name: virginiarose
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virginiarose
Dec 28, 2011 7:20 AM CST
I had an old variety called 'Midnight Ride' they were out front when we bought this house and I just kept dividing and planting. Next thing I knew there were 40. I gave them away to a lady who wanted to do hostas around her patio. I also wanted to try different things and now I do have over a hundred different hostas. However I did save a picture of the flowers.
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This is Frosted Mouse Ears
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Name: Janice
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sandnsea2
Dec 28, 2011 7:32 AM CST
Those are so beautiful, Susan!
Smiling I shall have to look for it!
Name: Paul
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Paul2032
Dec 28, 2011 10:43 AM CST
Great topic...I'll look through my pictures.. Remind us next spring . This could be a fun thread. We did this in iris with PBF....purple based foliage.
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Name: Janice
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sandnsea2
Dec 28, 2011 10:53 AM CST
Great, Paul!
I am not a fan of Hosta with white flowers, as a rule, though I do have some I admire that are white.

The older varieties seemed to have more with beautiful purple flowers, and they hybridized out the purple in many cases.

When the flowers are beautiful, they can take center stage, surely.
Name: virginiarose
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virginiarose
Dec 28, 2011 6:36 PM CST
Thanks Janice, Great Topic too, you will probably get a lot of ideas here! Whistling
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Name: Rose
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Rose1656
Jan 28, 2012 4:45 PM CST
'Lakeside Stormwatch' is a nice dark green one with a beautiful purple flower.
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Name: virginiarose
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virginiarose
Jan 28, 2012 5:00 PM CST
Very pretty. Thumbs up
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Name: Janice
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sandnsea2
Jan 28, 2012 7:39 PM CST
I agree Rose, so beautiful!

Another for my list!
Name: Ann
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ViolaAnn
Feb 3, 2012 3:28 PM CST
I like that 'Lakeside Stormwatch'! Drooling

One of my favourites with PURPLE flowers is clausa var. clausa. This one has big purple buds that never actually open. But be careful of the plant. It's very rhizomatous and will become a bully if it really likes the conditions. I plant it in spots where nothing likes to grow.
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Name: virginiarose
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virginiarose
Feb 3, 2012 4:04 PM CST
Thank You, I have been trying to remember the name of the hosta with the bright purple buds that don't actually open. Nice color!
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Name: Janice
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sandnsea2
Feb 3, 2012 4:44 PM CST
Really nice, deep purple, Ann!

Love it! Thank you! Smiling
Name: Rose
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Rose1656
Feb 5, 2012 11:43 AM CST
Purple Lady Fingers also has purple flowers that don't open. It's a small one that looks more like a grass! I have two in my gardens. One is thriving and the other is a dud!

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