Eola Sapphire Plantain Lily
Eola Sapphire Plantain Lily
Hosta x 'Eola Sapphire'Item #4147 USDA Hardiness Zone: 3 - 9
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A special selection for the shade garden with striking, seersucker-like metallic blue-green leaves. Larger than others, this dramatic hosta is sure to attract attention. Slender spikes of purple-white flowers appear in summer. The thick, heavily textured foliage is resistant to slug damage. An herbaceous perennial.
- OverviewLight Needs:Full to partial shadeWatering Needs:Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.Average Landscape Size:Moderate growing; reaches 2 to 3 ft. tall, 4 ft. wide.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:HOS-tuhPlant type:PerennialDeciduous/evergreen:HerbaceousGrowth rate:ModerateAverage landscape size:Moderate growing; reaches 2 to 3 ft. tall, 4 ft. wide.Foliage color:GreenBlooms:SummerFlower color:PurpleFlower attributesShowy FlowersDesign IdeasThere are many ways to use Hosta in shaded or partially shaded gardens. Try as a groundcover, tightly packed into a mosaic of green, blue-green and variegated foliage. Use as clumps among the acid-loving flowering shrubs and for contrast against the feathery fronds of Fern. They are excellent in shaded rock gardens, on slopes and embankments and low, moist pockets. Later in the season, enjoy the bright flower spikes that add interest and variety to the foliage.Companion PlantsCoral Bells (Heuchera); Lungwort (Pulmonaria); Japanese Forest Grass (Hakonechloa); Ligularia (Ligularia); Bleeding Heart (Dicentra)
- CareCare InformationProvide enriched, slightly acidic, evenly moist, well-drained soil. Avoid harsh sun exposures. Water deeply, regularly during first growing season to establish an extensive root system; reduce frequency once established. For a neat appearance, remove old foliage before new leaves emerge. Divide every 2 to 3 years in early spring.Light Needs:Full to partial shadeWatering Needs:Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.
- History & LoreHistory:This genus contains over 40 different species mostly native to China and Japan. H. plantaginea reached Europe in the 1780s, the species from which most modern hybrids descend. The blue color of this cultivar points to blood of H glauca and H. ventricosa, which originates from an oenormous range spanning Japan, China and Siberica. Due to the staggering humber of existing hybrids that have been crossed and recrossed, plus the advances in tissue culture, ancestry of this and most modern hybrids is murky at best.Lore:Hosta is also known as plantain lily and is related to a pernicious weed introduced to North America during colonial times. It naturalized so readily Native Americans ma,ed it "white man's foot", claiming it sprang up from every foot print left upon the soil by an immigrant.
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