• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Full shade to partial sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Foliage clumps 2 to 2 1/2 ft. tall, 6 ft. wide; flowers 3 to 4 ft. tall.
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:HOSS-tuh
    Plant type:Perennial
    Deciduous/evergreen:Herbaceous
    Growth rate:Moderate
    Average landscape size:Foliage clumps 2 to 2 1/2 ft. tall, 6 ft. wide; flowers 3 to 4 ft. tall.
    Foliage color:Blue-green
    Blooms:Summer
    Flower color:White
    Flower attributesShowy Flowers
    Design IdeasExceptional hosta for massing beneath the canopy of shade trees. Perfect for fleshing out foundation beds under low windows. A popular candidate for side yards and smaller urban plots suffering from over-influence by multistory buildings. A real standout in large pots paired with golden foliage.
    Companion PlantsCoral Bells (Heuchera); Columbine (Aquilegia); Lungwort (Pulmonaria); Lenten Rose (Helleborus); Bleeding Heart (Dicentra)
  • Care
    Care Information
    Provide slightly acidic, evenly moist, well-drained, humusy soil. Avoid harsh sun exposures. Water deeply, regularly during the first growing season to establish an extensive root system; reduce frequency once established. Remove old, faded foliage before new leaves emerge in early spring. Divide every 2 to 3 years in early spring.
    Light Needs:
    Light needs: Full Shade
    Full shade to partial sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Moderate
    Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.
  • History & Lore
    History:
    The genus Hosta contains many different species mostly native to China and Japan. Hosta plantaginea, from which most modern hybrids descend, reached Europe in the 1780s. It was first introduced from China by French botanist, Lamarck. All fragrant hostas have some H. plantaginea in their background. Much breeding has produced a huge range of plants with a variety of qualities. This cultivar is a sport of Hosta 'Patriot'.
    Lore:
    Hosta is the grown up cousin to the plantain weed, which came to America with colonials. It naturalized so easily that Native Americans claimed it sprang up wherever the white man walked.

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