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Loyalist Hosta

Category:

A slow growing, small to medium sized variety featuring thick leaves with creamy white centers and dark green margins and variegation; pale lavender flowers appear in midsummer; good slug and snail resistance; adds color and texture to beds and borders

Characteristics

Other Species Names:
Plantain Lily, Funkia
Average Landscape Height:
18 inches (28 inches with the flowers)
Average Landscape Width:
30 inches
Genus:
Hosta
Cultivar:
Loyalist
Branching:
herbaceous
Plant Form:
over mound
Canopy:
closed
Density:
dense
Growth Rate:
medium
Pruning:
spring cleanup
Spacing:
26 inches
Flower Color:
lavender
Flower Form:
bell
Flower Period:
in mid summer
Summer Foliage Color:
cream
Maximum Light:
partial shade
Minimum Light:
shade
Maximum Moisture:
moist
Minimum Moisture:
average
Pollution Tolerance:
medium

Ornamental Features

Loyalist Hosta features dainty spikes of lavender bell-shaped flowers rising above the foliage in mid summer. Its attractive textured heart-shaped leaves remain creamy white in color with showy dark green variegation throughout the season.

Landscape Attributes

Loyalist Hosta is a dense herbaceous perennial with tall flower stalks held atop a low mound of foliage. Its medium texture blends into the garden, but can always be balanced by a couple of finer or coarser plants for an effective composition.

Planting & Growing

Loyalist Hosta will grow to be about 18 inches tall at maturity extending to 28 inches tall with the flowers, with a spread of 30 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 26 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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