perennial

Alakazaam Hosta

Hosta 'Alakazaam'

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Alakazaam Hosta (Hosta 'Alakazaam') at Canadale Nurseries

Alakazaam Hosta foliage

Alakazaam Hosta foliage

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Height:  14 inches

Spacing:  12 inches

Sunlight:  partial shade  full shade 

Hardiness Zone:  2a

Other Names:  Alakazam Hosta, Plantain Lily, Funkia

Description:

This interesting variety has long, twisted leaves with a bright green center and a soft yellow margin that matures to cream; lavender flowers in mid summer; a vigorous grower with an unusual texture; quite hardy and low maintenance

Ornamental Features

Alakazaam Hosta features dainty spikes of lavender tubular flowers rising above the foliage in mid summer. Its attractive twisted narrow leaves remain green in color with distinctive creamy white edges and tinges of buttery yellow throughout the season. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Alakazaam Hosta is an 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.

This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and is best cleaned up in early spring before it resumes active growth for the season. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

  • Insects

Alakazaam Hosta is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • Border Edging
  • General Garden Use
  • Groundcover

Planting & Growing

Alakazaam Hosta will grow to be about 12 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 15 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 12 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.

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.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Massing  Edging  Garden  Groundcover 
Applications
Flowers  Foliage Color  Plant Form 
Ornamental Features