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Climax Hosta

Hosta 'Climax'

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Climax Hosta (Hosta 'Climax') at Canadale Nurseries

Climax Hosta foliage

Climax Hosta foliage

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Climax Hosta (Hosta 'Climax') at Canadale Nurseries

Climax Hosta

Climax Hosta

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Plant Height:  24 inches

Flower Height:  32 inches

Spacing:  3 feet

Sunlight:  partial shade  full shade 

Hardiness Zone:  3a

Other Names:  Plantain Lily, Funkia

Description:

A medium green leaf center with gold margins that mature to yellow; leaf is a rounded heart shape and lightly corrugated; spikes of lavender flowers in early summer; a beautiful light color addition to the garden or border

Ornamental Features

Climax Hosta features dainty spikes of lavender tubular flowers rising above the foliage in early summer. Its attractive heart-shaped leaves remain green in color with distinctive gold edges and tinges of yellow throughout the season. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Climax 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.

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

Climax Hosta is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • General Garden Use
  • Groundcover

Planting & Growing

Climax Hosta will grow to be about 24 inches tall at maturity extending to 32 inches tall with the flowers, with a spread of 4 feet. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 3 feet apart. Its foliage tends to remain dense right to the ground, not requiring facer plants in front. It grows at a slow 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  Garden  Groundcover 
Applications
Flowers  Foliage Color  Plant Form 
Ornamental Features