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Liberty Hosta

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Slow to establish, this mid-sized variety features thick, heart-shaped blue green foliage with wide and irregular golden yellow margins; lavender flowers appear in early to mid summer; adds color, contrast and texture to beds and borders; slug resistant

Characteristics

Other Species Names:
Plantain Lily, Funkia
Average Landscape Height:
15 inches (28 inches with the flowers)
Average Landscape Width:
3 feet
Genus:
Hosta
Cultivar:
Liberty
Branching:
herbaceous
Plant Form:
over mound
Canopy:
closed
Density:
dense
Growth Rate:
medium
Pruning:
spring cleanup
Spacing:
30 inches
Flower Color:
lavender
Flower Form:
tubular
Flower Period:
from early to mid summer
Summer Foliage Color:
sea green
Maximum Light:
partial shade
Minimum Light:
shade
Maximum Moisture:
moist
Minimum Moisture:
average
Pollution Tolerance:
medium

Ornamental Features

Liberty Hosta features dainty spikes of lavender tubular flowers rising above the foliage from early to mid summer. Its attractive large textured heart-shaped leaves remain bluish-green in color with showy gold variegation throughout the season.

Landscape Attributes

Liberty Hosta is a dense herbaceous perennial with tall flower stalks held atop a low mound of foliage. Its relatively coarse texture can be used to stand it apart from other garden plants with finer foliage.

Planting & Growing

Liberty Hosta will grow to be about 15 inches tall at maturity extending to 28 inches tall with the flowers, with a spread of 3 feet. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 30 inches apart. Its foliage tends to remain dense right to the ground, not requiring facer plants in front. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years. As an herbaceous perennial, this plant will usually die back to the crown each winter, and will regrow from the base each spring. Be careful not to disturb the crown in late winter when it may not be readily seen!

This plant does best in partial shade to shade. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid. It can be propagated by division; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.

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