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Light Needs:
Light needs: Full Shade
Full to partial shade
Watering Needs:
Water needs: High
Requires consistently moist soil - water weekly or more often in extreme heat.
Average Landscape Size:
Average Landscape Size
Clumps 1 to 1 1/2 ft. tall, 4 ft. wide. Bloom stalks to 24 in. tall.
Key Feature:
Key Feature
Shade Loving
Blooms:
Flowering Time
Summer
Plant type:Perennial
Deciduous/evergreen:Herbaceous
Sunset climate zones:1 - 10, 14 - 21
Growth habit:Compact
Growth rate:Slow
Average landscape size:Clumps 1 to 1 1/2 ft. tall, 4 ft. wide. Bloom stalks to 24 in. tall.
Special features:Dramatic Foliage Color
Foliage color:Variegated
Blooms:Summer
Flower color:Purple
Flower attributesShowy Flowers
Design IdeasThis is a real groundcover Hosta that controls weeds in the very dark shadows beneath shrubs, evergreen conifers and deciduous shade trees. Great filler for light challenged sideyards and small urban courtyards. Blends beautifully into the floor of a woodland wild garden. Offers much needed color and texture at the shaded edges of water gardens and fountains.
Companion PlantsThis smaller Hosta stands well in front of Luxuriant Fringed Bleeding Heart (Dicentra x 'Luxuriant'). For contrast at a similar height, try the blue flowers and bronze foliage of Catlin's Giant Carpet Bugle (Ajuga reptans 'Catlin's Giant'), the dainty Woodland Iris (Iris innominata) and the pink-flowering Heartleaf Bergenia (Bergenia cordifolia)
Care Information
Follow 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:
Light needs: Full Shade
Full to partial shade
Watering Needs:
Water needs: High
Requires consistently moist soil - water weekly or more often in extreme heat.
History:
This genus was named for Dr. N. T. Host, a contemporary of Austrian Leopold Trattinick. The genus to this day contains about forth species mostly native to China and Japan. Most modern hybrids descend from H. Plantaginea with shorter varieties such as this often influenced by H. undulata. This Japanese variety is said to be slightly improved on 'Frances Williams'.
Lore:
Received the Best Variegated Leaf award for 2001.

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