• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Full shade to filtered sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Moderate growing; forms foliage clump 12 to 16 in. tall, 28 to 36 in. wide.
    Key Feature:
    Bright Foliage for Shade
    Blooms:
    Summer
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:HOS-tuh
    Plant type:Perennial
    Deciduous/evergreen:Herbaceous
    Growth habit:Mounding
    Growth rate:Moderate
    Average landscape size:Moderate growing; forms foliage clump 12 to 16 in. tall, 28 to 36 in. wide.
    Foliage color:Variegated
    Blooms:Summer
    Flower color:Purple
    Flower attributesShowy Flowers
    Design IdeasThis is a brilliant yellow-variegated Hosta that produces an abundance of lovely purple flowers. Brightens the shadiest corner of small city gardens. Use as scattered relief amidst darker Hosta or other evergreen groundcover. Very lively when planted in ceramic pots with cobalt blue glazes or patterns.
    Companion PlantsLigularia (Ligularia); Bleeding Heart (Dicentra); Fern (Asplenium); Solomon's Seal (Polygonatum); Japanese Forest Grass (Hakonechloa)
  • Care
    Care Information
    Provide 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:
    Light needs: Full Shade
    Full shade to filtered sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Moderate
    Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.
  • History & Lore
    History:
    The genus Hostacontains over forty different species mostly native to China and Japan. H. plantaginea, from which most ofour modern hybrids descend reached Europe in the 1780s. It was first introducced from China by French botanist, Lamarck. Much breeding has produced a huge range of platns with a variety of qualities. The gold coloring suggest parentage includes H. fortunei, which variegation may also point to H. undulata of Japan.
    Lore:
    Hosta is the grown up cousin to the plantain weed, which came to America with colonials. It naturalized so easily that Native American's claimed it sprang up wherever the white man walked.