Gold Standard Plantain Lily
Gold Standard Plantain Lily
Hosta fortunei 'Gold Standard'Item #4179 USDA Hardiness Zone: 3 - 8
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Creating a contrast with green plants, the lovely, heart-shaped foliage emerges green, turns golden with a dark green edge. Pale lavender flowers on spikes above the foliage. A herbaceous perennial.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:HOS-tuh HIB-ridPlant type:PerennialDeciduous/evergreen:HerbaceousGrowth rate:ModerateAverage landscape size:2 to 2 1/2 ft. high, 3 ft. wide clumps.Foliage color:YellowBlooms:Late springFlower color:PurpleFlower attributesFragrantDesign IdeasThis sizable golden Hosta displays green, gold and darker emerald all at the same time. These variations are perfect for massing with only one type of plant. It also has enough height to provide a background for smaller woodland perennials or to fill in between shrubs. Also sufficiently tall to use as a cover along north-facing foundations, edges of terraces, patios and low decks, and to line steps.Companion PlantsSet this Hosta in front of Dwarf English Laurel (Prunus laurocerasus 'Nana') and Stoke's Dwarf Yaupon Holly (Ilex vomitoria 'Stoke's Dwarf'). Contrast with the low-growing Compact Oregon Grape Holly (Mahonia aquifolium 'Compacta') and amongst a scattering of hardy Azalea such as Casablanca Improved Azalea (Azalea 'Casablanca Improved') and Rosebud Azalea (Azalea 'Rosebud').
- CareCare InformationFollow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. For a neat appearance, remove old foliage before new leaves emerge. Divide clumps every 2 to 3 years in early spring.Light Needs:Full to partial shadeWatering Needs:Needs wet or constantly moist soil.
- History & LoreHistory:This genus was named for Dr. N. T. Host, a contemporary of Austrian Leopold Trattinick. The genus to this day contains about forty mostly native to China and Japan. Most modern hybrids such as this are derived from H. Plantaginea often influenced by H. undulata breeding This is among the first widely grown fragrant flowered hosta variety introduced in 1950.
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