First Blush - Mr. Jack c

Steven knew how to get our attention!

Take a look at the picture below of the two ‘parents‘ and you will see that the cross is a ‘make sense‘ one. Some similarities and lots of reds in their make-up. You can never go wrong with a ‘Solberg-Wrede‘ cross.

Many have had high hopes for First Blush, after its introduction as a breeder, but some recent mix reviews by those who have used it in their programs brought up some concerns. Some said it was better as a ‘pollen‘ parent then a ‘pod‘ parent. So that is why this cross with Mr. Jack as a pod parent is a good step forward.

Don’t be surprised if  First Blush continues to have an impact in the future of the development of reds.

Hosta Heritage Lines

First Blush x Mr. Jack
First Blush and Mr. Jack

First Blush(‘Beet Salad’ x “48/49 seedling”) (Bob Solberg 2016) red petioles that extend into the leaf blade, a thin red margin around the leaf,  the veins will start to “blush” red from the tip of the leaf down toward the base, pale purple flower

Mr. Jack (unknown) (Arthur Wrede) medium green hosta with dark reddish petioles, red veins throughout the leaf surface and leaf back and edium lavender flowers with stripes bloom


  • ‘Cascade Range’ = PP x ‘Blue Cascade’
  • ‘Jack Be Nimble’ = ‘Blueberry Muffin’ x PP
  • ‘Jack Berry’ = ‘Blueberry Muffin’ x PP
  • ‘Jack’s Gene’ = ‘Designer Genes’ x PP
  • ‘Mt. St. Helens’ = ‘Blue Cascade’ x PP
  • ‘Rix Pix’ = ‘Designer Genes’ x PP