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HostaFirst Blush


Originator(s)Bob Solberg 2016

Origin'Beet Salad' x "48/49 seedling"

Size categorysmall - medium

Plant height x width35x70 cm (14x28 in.)

Leaf length x width22x13 cm (9x5 in.)

Vein pairs6-7

Leaf colorgreen


Leafa bit shiny



Scape height70 cm (28 in.)

Flowerpale purple

Flower length7.5 cm (3 in.)


Flowering periodAugust - September


Podreddish green


PatentsUS 2017/0208726 P1

InfoUS 2017/0208726 P1
'First Blush' not only has red petioles that extend into the leaf blade but also a thin red margin around the leaf, similar but much more dramatic than its parent 'Beet Salad'. However, the most exciting thing about 'First Blush' is that in spring the leaf between the veins will start to "blush" red from the tip of the leaf down toward the base. The leaves remain red here until temperatures surpass 92 degrees, usually into June. The color should persist longer in Northern gardens.
It has done all kinds of fun things over the past two years, including staying red almost all the time in parts of Canada.
Remember, it needs some strong light to turn red.
Emerges with blood red petioles and red margins.
First leaves "blush" red when the second flush of leaves appear.