At our March meeting, C.H. Falsted opened his program “Hosta Flowers-The Crowning Glory of Hostas” by polling the audience to learn how many folks like flower scapes on their hostas, or if they cut them off as soon as they appear.
The variety of hosta flowers and scapes depicted in his slides helped C.H. appreciate hosta flowers years ago. The scapes and flowers can be striped, translucent, white, near white, lavender, pale or deep purple, even intense dark purple that it almost appears to be black as in H. Edgar Allen Poe. Hosta flower shapes can be tubular, bell, spider, closed, double or recurved, similar to daylily blooms. The bracts on which the blooms appear can be quite showy too. In addition to setting seeds for new cultivars by hybridization, the flowers attract hummingbirds and bees.
Spent scapes should be removed as soon as the last flowers fade. To learn more about a particular hosta, C.H. suggested visiting “The Hosta Treasury” on the American Hosta Society registration site at www.hostaregistrar.org.
After seeing the beautiful hosta flowers highlighted in C.H.’s program, many may be convinced to really look at the flower scapes on their hostas and enjoy them this summer too.
submitted by BSHDS President Charlene Patz