Hosta x 'Whirlwind'
|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.|
|Mature Size||Moderate growing; forms foliage clump 16 to 18 in. tall, 32 to 42 in. wide.|
|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.|
|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.|
This Plant's Growing Zones: 3-8
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