Patriot Plantain Lily
Patriot Plantain Lily
Hosta x 'Patriot'Item #4188 USDA Hardiness Zone: 4 - 8
A superb compact selection with more heat tolerance than other popular varieties. This sport of 'Francee' features glossy, bold, dark green foliage with gleaming white edges. Great for brightening a full or dappled shade border. An herbaceous perennial.
- OverviewLight Needs:Full shade to filtered sunWatering Needs:Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.Average Landscape Size:Moderate growing; forms dense clump 12 to 20 in. tall, 30 in. wide.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:HOS-tuhPlant type:PerennialDeciduous/evergreen:HerbaceousGrowth rate:ModerateAverage landscape size:Moderate growing; forms dense clump 12 to 20 in. tall, 30 in. wide.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); Bleeding Heart (Dicentra); Painted Fern (Athyrium); Columbine (Aquilegia); Lungwort (Pulmonaria)
- CareCare InformationProvide slightly acidic, evenly moist, well-drained, humusy soil. Avoid harsh sun exposures. Water deeply, regularly in first growing season to establish root system; reduce frequency once established. Remove old, faded foliage before new leaves emerge in early spring.Pruning time: divide every 2 to 3 years in early spring..Light Needs:Full shade to filtered sunWatering Needs:Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.
- History & LoreHistory:This selection is a sport of the popular variety, 'Francee', with wider leaf margins and brighter variegation. It was discovered at Mobjack Nursereis in Virginia; it was named and registered in the early 1990's by John Machen. 'Patriot' won the American Hosta Growers prestigious award for hosta of the year in 1997.Lore: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. 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.