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Whirlwind Hosta

Hosta x 'Whirlwind'

Pronunciation: HOSS-tuh
SKU #02184

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Description Thick, dramatically variegated and twisted leaves with irregular dark green margins and centers that range from pale chartreuse, to ivory, yellow, and pale green as the season progresses. Adds color and excitement to shady garden borders. Produces showy two-foot stems of showy pale lavender flowers. Resists slug damage. An herbaceous perennial.
Light Filtered sun, Full shade, Partial shade
Watering Keep soil consistently moist but not soggy.
Blooms Summer
Mature Size Moderate growing; forms foliage clump 16 to 18 in. tall, 32 to 42 in. wide.
Deciduous/Evergreen Herbaceous
Special Features Attracts Hummingbirds, Dramatic Foliage Color, Easy Care, Compact Form
Growth Rate Moderate
Flower Attributes Showy Flowers
Landscape Use Border, Container, Ground Cover, Edging
Design Ideas The smaller height, but dramatic foliage is perfect adding interest to shaded pockets and corners of small city gardens, and as a groundcover under tree canopies and shade structures.
Flower Color Purple
Foliage Color Variegated
Companion Plants Hydrangea (Hydrangea); Astilbe (Astilbe); Fern (Microlepia); Japanese Forest Grass (Hakonechloa); Coral Bells (Heuchera)
Care Provide slightly acidic, evenly moist, well-drained, humusy soil. Avoid harsh sun exposures. Water deeply, regularly in first growing season to establish an extensive root system; once established, reduce frequency. Remove old, faded foliage before new leaves emerge in early spring.
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.

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