Japanese rock hosta

Hosta kikutii 'Hillbilly Blues'

Photo/Illustration: 
Todd Meier
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Japanese rock hosta (Hosta kikutii 'Hillbilly Blues')
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Genus:  Hosta
A clump-forming perennial with flat-spreading, blue-colored leaves, Japanese rock hosta bears funnel-shaped white flowers, sometimes flushed with purple, on arching, leafy scapes 24 inches long.
Noteworthy Characteristics:  Use in the back of a mixed border or as landscape specimens.
Care:  Grow in moist but well-drained, fertile soil. Shade tolerant. Grows best with full morning sun. Tolerates drought, but a summer mulch is beneficial.
Propagation:  Divide plants in late summer or early spring.
Problems:  Slugs and snails. In containers, watch for vine weevils. Also viruses and foliar nematodes.

Overview

Height
1 ft. to 3 ft.
Spread
1 ft. to 3 ft.
Growth Habit
Spreads
Light
Full Sun to Part Shade
Moisture
Dry to Medium
Characteristics
Showy Foliage
Bloom Time
Summer
Flower Color
Purple/Lavender Flower,
White Flower
Uses
Beds and Borders,
Ground Covers,
Specimen Plant/Focal Point,
Waterside
Style
Rock Garden,
Woodland Garden
Seasonal Interest
Spring Interest
Tolerance
Drought Tolerant
Type
Perennials

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