Niagara Falls and it's growth
A few of you seemed interested in this plant so I looked back to it's history in my garden. I was surprised I've had it since 2004 - bought from Hosta Choice in Ontario. I don't have pictures that far back but I'm fairly sure I got a couple eyed division of mature looking leaves. I managed so set it back twice between then and now. The first time was at the begining of the second year, 2005 when I kept poking at where I thought it was in the ground. I must have broken off the eyes. It emerged with many small leaves looking like nothing in particular. I left it in a pot over winter.
At the begining of 2006 it was impressived again so I found it a place in the ground right by our courtyard table. I liked it there and planted it in the ground in begining of 2007. That seemed to set it back again.
In 2008 and 2009 it grew well and I realized I'd planted it too low. I wanted it to have room to hang over the wall and live there permanently. I raised it about a foot in 2010.
This year it increased in plant and leaf size by about 50%. My experience is probably not typical because I plant my plants too close together intentionally and move them when I need to. That most likely makes them grow slower than normal.
This plant grows in several hours of morning sun but gets shaded from noon or so on. As the season progresses it doesn't get any sun at all because there are trees to the east that are tall. The sun is higher than the trees only during a few months in summer. By fall the color is much darker green because of the shade conditions. It seems to start out light green. Some of the pictures below make it even look blue. That probably depends on the camera and time of day.
This plant certainly was an eye catcher this year for anyone who saw the garden. If there are two versions, that is sad. It's worth looking for the original one I think.