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Hosta kikutii 'Hillbilly Blues' (Japanese rock hosta)

Hosta kikutii 'Hillbilly Blues' Photo/Illustration: Todd Meier


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Hardiness Zones: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Botanical Name: Hosta kikutii 'Hillbilly Blues' HOSS-tah kih-KOOT-ee-eye Common Name: Japanese rock hosta 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.
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
Tolerance Drought Tolerant
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, Summer Interest, Fall Interest
Type Perennials

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