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Re: Fridays: Name this plant

At 09:05 AM 6/13/98 -0400, you wrote:
>At 05:58 PM 12/06/98 -0400, you wrote:
>>This is what the colored tag label reads:
>>Sieboldiana Plantain Lily
>>Outstanding Features - Robust perennial valued for its large,
>>heart-shaped, deeply ribbed leaves of gray-green. Light lilac flowers.
>>Good ground cover. 30"H x 4' Wide
>>Medallion Perennials
>>Grown in Canada with pride (?) by WILLOWBROOK Nurseries Inc.
>>It does not look like Sieboldiana Elegans, and the flowers buds are now
>>showing  to be lilac/purple. It did have a bluish cast a month ago,
>>however it is now more green. The leaf is not shiny on either side.  
>>peri, Ontario, CANADA, mailto:briard-hosta@kos.net
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>You have no doubt been following the discussion on Hostas from Dutch
>sources so the plant you have might not even be true as Clyde and Ken have
>suggested. I have been to Willowbrook and the plant they have is probably
>what was sent to them as sieboldiana and not to be confused with
>sieboldiana 'Elegans'. You have also got an immature plant in a pot and the
>label is giving you a description for the mature plant. I have grown many
>plants in the sieboldiana family and they all seem to be fairly slow
>growers with a very different look in their youth. The blue could have been
>washed off with overhead watering which many of us in Southern Ontario have
>had to resort to in this drought. The only sure way is to let the plant
>grow to a mature form, then do a vein count and evaluate to it's
>characteristics. Probably not the definitive answer you were looking for
>but thats the joys of buying hosta from nurseries that are not specializing
>in Hosta.
>Happy Gardening
>John Kee, Erin, Ontario
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>i buy fm  persons who only deal in hosta like  englerth gardens, hopkins

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