• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Full shade to filtered sun
    Watering Needs:
    Once established, drought tolerant but requires regular moisture for best performance.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Clumps 1 to 1 1/2 ft. tall, 4 ft. wide. Bloom stalks to 2 ft. tall.
    Key Feature:
    Shade Loving
  • Detail
    Plant type:Perennial
    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 2 ft. tall.
    Foliage color:Variegated
    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
    Care Information
    Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Avoid harsh afternoon sun. 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 shade to filtered sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Moderate
    Once established, drought tolerant but requires regular moisture for best performance.
  • History & Lore
    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'.
    Received the Best Variegated Leaf award for 2001.


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