Dick Ward Hosta
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Height: 20 inches
Spacing: 3 feet
Hardiness Zone: 3a
Other Names: Plantain Lily, Funkia
A stunning gold leaf framed by wide dark green margins; leaf is very round in shape, leathery and heavily corrugated; spikes of violet flowers in early summer; a beautiful light color addition to the garden or border
Dick Ward Hosta features dainty spikes of violet tubular flowers rising above the foliage in early summer. Its attractive round leaves remain gold in color with distinctive dark green edges and tinges of yellow throughout the season. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.
Dick Ward 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;
Dick Ward Hosta is recommended for the following landscape applications;
- Mass Planting
- Border Edging
- General Garden Use
Planting & Growing
Dick Ward Hosta will grow to be about 16 inches tall at maturity, 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.