Patriot Plantain Lily
Patriot Plantain Lily
Hosta x 'Patriot'Item #4188 USDA Hardiness Zone: 4 - 8
Superb, compact selection with more heat tolerance than other popular varieties. This offspring of 'Francee' features bold, dark green foliage with gleaming white edges. Great for brightening a full or dappled shade border. An herbaceous perennial.
- OverviewLight Needs:Full to partial shadeWatering Needs:Best with regular watering- weekly, or more often in extreme heat.Average Landscape Size:Moderate growing; foliage clumps reach 14 in. tall, spreading wider.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:HOS-tuh HIB-ridPlant type:PerennialDeciduous/evergreen:HerbaceousGrowth rate:ModerateAverage landscape size:Moderate growing; foliage clumps reach 14 in. tall, spreading wider.Foliage color:GreenBlooms:SummerFlower color:PurpleFlower attributesShowy FlowersDesign 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); Columbine (Aquilegia); Painted Fern (Athyrium); Lungwort (Pulmonaria); Bleeding Heart (Dicentra)
- CareCare InformationProvide enriched, slightly acidic, evenly moist soil. Protect from 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 clumps every 2 to 3 years in early spring.Light Needs:Full to partial shadeWatering Needs:Best with regular watering- weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
- History & LoreHistory: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.Lore:Patriot' won the American Hosta Growers prestigious award for hosta of the year in 1997.
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