Guacamole Hosta – Hosta of the Week!!

On August 12, 2013, in Garden Facility, by Admin

Easily grown in average, medium moisture, well-drained soils in part shade to full shade. The Guacamole Hosta tolerates full sun in cool summer climates. Elsewhere it is best in part shade (some morning sun). Guacamole Hosta are tolerant of a wide range of soil conditions as well. This Hosta performs best in rich, moist, organic soils, with a preference for consistent moisture during the growing season,  but plant have tolerance for some dry shade once established. Water is best applied directly to the soil beneath the leaves. Divide plants as needed in Spring or Autumn. Division is usually easiest in Early Spring before the leaves unfurl.

Guacamole is a medium hosta with leaves the color of guacamole. It is a sport of Hosta ‘ Fragrant Bouquet’. It grows in a mound to 18″ tall but spreads over time to as much as 50″ wide! It features slightly convex, wide oval, chartreuse-gold leaves (to 11″ by 8″) with irregular darker bluish-green margins. Leaves are glossy above the glaucuous below with distinctive veining, mucronate tips and cordate to overlapping leaf bases. Funnel-shaped, highly fragrant, almost white flowers bloom in mid-Summer on pale green scapes rising to 36″ tall.

Hostas are a mainstay of shade gardens. This variegated hosta makes an interesting garden specimen. It is effective in groups or massed. It can be mixed with other perennials in shady borders, shade gardens or woodland gardens.

Common Name: hosta
Type: Herbaceous perennial
Family: Agavaceae
Zone: 3 to 8
Height: 1 to 1.5 feet
Spread: 3 to 4 feet
Bloom Time: July to August
Bloom Description: White
Sun: Part shade to full shade
Water: Medium
Maintenance: Low
Flowers: Showy Flowers
Leaves: Colorful
Wildlife: Attracts Hummingbirds
Tolerates: Dense Shade, Black Walnuts

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