• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Full to partial shade
    Watering Needs:
    Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Moderate growing; foliage clumps reach 14 in. tall, spreading wider.
    Key Feature:
    Bright, Compact Foliage
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:HOS-tuh
    Plant type:Perennial
    Growth rate:Moderate
    Average landscape size:Moderate growing; foliage clumps reach 14 in. tall, spreading wider.
    Foliage color:Green
    Flower color:Purple
    Flower attributesShowy Flowers
    Design IdeasWhere Hosta can't stand the heat, try Patriot in shade gardens. This is one of the few that works well in shaded tropical or exotic gardens. Its small scale is perfect for pockets in city gardens or courtyards, where every inch is premium. Particularly valuable to add brightness in Fern dells under trees and shade structures. Ideal as leafy accents where splash from non-chlorinated fountains and water gardens keep soils evenly moist.
    Companion PlantsCoral Bells (Heuchera); Bleeding Heart (Dicentra); Painted Fern (Athyrium); Columbine (Aquilegia); Lungwort (Pulmonaria)
  • Care
    Care Information
    Provide 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 tidy appearance, remove old, faded foliage before new leaves emerge.
    Light Needs:
    Light needs: Full Shade
    Full to partial shade
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Moderate
    Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.
  • History & Lore
    This selection is an offspring of the popular variety, 'Francee'. 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 number 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.
    Patriot' won the American Hosta Growers prestigious award for hosta of the year in 1997.


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