Forms a huge mound of 14" long, inversely cupped (downward) leaves like a pile of small, blue umbrellas
Early growth is blue-green, but turns darker green by early summer
Thick, corrugated leaves are very slug resistant
Very pale lavender flowers appear on 40" scapes in midsummer
Hostas are exceedingly popular perennials in today's gardens due to their versatility in the landscape. Their subtle colors, tall flower scapes, and broad, coarse leaves fill a niche in garden designs that few other plants can achieve. Their large leaves provide excellent coverage for dying bulb foliage. Hostas also grow well in city environments where the air may be polluted by car exhaust, etc.
Height: 32.0 Inches
Spread: 48.0 Inches
Scape Height: 40.0 Inches
Hardiness Zones: 3,4,5,6,7,8,9
Flower Color: Purple shades
Foliage Color: Blue shades
Sunlight: Part Shade (4-6 hrs. Direct Sun)Full Shade (< 4 hrs. Direct Sun)
Water Requirements: Average Water NeedsConsistent Water Needs
Soil Quality: Average Soil QualityFertile Soil Quality
Soil Chemistry: Acidic Soil (pH < 7.0)Neutral Soil (pH = 7.0)
Attracts Wings: Attracts Hummingbirds
Growth Rate: Medium
Garden Style: EclecticWoodland Shade
Easy To Grow
Specimen Focal Point
Origin: Not Native to North America
Hostas grow best in moist, well-drained, highly organic soils with a pH between 5.5 and 7.5. Sandy loam is better than clay because it provides more aeration for the roots. High-filtered or dappled sunlight is necessary for clean, healthy growth. Morning sun is tolerable and will help to intensify the leaf colors, but hot afternoon sun is usually deadly to hostas. They are most at home in shady, woodland settings and often work well as specimen or edging plants.
Hostas are very easy to propagate through division. This can be done at any time during the growing season with little or no affect on the growth of the parent plant. Since each division should have at least 3 eyes, plants should be allowed to mature for several years before being divided.
Especially in northern zones, hostas should be mulched with a layer of finely shredded organic material to prevent heaving in the winter. Mulch is beneficial because it retains moisture around the plant's roots, but it is also the ideal place for slugs to hide. Watch for holes in the center of the leaves. If they are present, so are slugs. Applying a slug bait in early spring when new shoots are beginning to emerge will help to reduce the slug population. After a few years when plants are firmly established, the mulch can be removed completely, which should eliminate the slug problem altogether. Also be sure to clean all hosta foliage out of the garden in early winter after the plants have gone dormant. By doing so, you will be ridding the area of the eggs of slugs and other leaf-eating insects.
American Hosta Society Best Blue Leaf Award -- 1987
American Hosta Society Best Blue Leaf Award -- 1998
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