Mislabeled Blue Umbrella?

hostahostaJuly 18, 2014

Bought this labelled as Blue Umbrellas. Two years old and I'm now thinking it doesn't look like BU. It looks exactly like my Blue Angel, including exactly matching bloom time and flower appearance. Any thoughts? Anyone have pics of Blue Umbrellas?

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ken_adrian Adrian MI cold Z5

id say you already figured it out...

when flower times match perfectly .. where can you go otherwise???

BA was my guess.. before i read the rest of your words... its those pointed ends ... as compared to BUs beachball round leaves ...


    Bookmark   July 18, 2014 at 6:18PM
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Uh-oh. Beachball round leaves?? Mine might be mislabelled too! On the left (only 2 years old).

    Bookmark   July 18, 2014 at 6:31PM
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jan_on zone 5b

Mine isn't very round either!

    Bookmark   July 18, 2014 at 6:44PM
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josephines123 z5 ON Canada

Hostahosta, et al...we all seem to have a juvenile Blue Umbrellas. Here's mine. Jan, your leaves seems to be more "rounded", maybe it's older?
Mine is new last year...maybe a few more leaves this year but nothing to write home about yet. Patience I guess...

    Bookmark   July 18, 2014 at 8:40PM
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Don't do anything rash, stay calm. It will work itself out. In the meantime, if you run across a Blue Umbrellas at a local nursery and it looks like you think one should, and it is big, and the price is great, why, I'd let that jump in my cart and go home with me. Then you won't care what the other one grows up to be, and you will relax and enjoy the stages of growth it goes through.

Those are really healthy looking hosta. How long does it take one of those to LEAP for you?

    Bookmark   July 18, 2014 at 8:58PM
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josephines123 z5 ON Canada

I certainly agree that they are all healthy looking! I've been kind of ignoring BU, moving it out of the sun and back to dappled light...picked it up on the cheap last year...not looking bad at all, just no sign of "umbrella" . Next year should make a difference, Mocc. It usually takes three years around here (give or take depending on cultivar) to gain some maturity generally.

Hostanista, you have a really nice shaped one. :-)

    Bookmark   July 18, 2014 at 9:23PM
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ken_adrian Adrian MI cold Z5

wow.. look at the library ... half.. the older ones.. have the round.. down-cupping umbrella like leaves i am thinking of ... i mean really.. there had to be a reason for the name ...

and the other half.. look like many of yours ...

what can we deduce from it all ... i dont know.. maybe maturity matters on giant blues... but it would be genetically weird.. for the pointy tips to disappear on maturity ... but its possible ...

wish chris would chime in ...


    Bookmark   July 19, 2014 at 8:58AM
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