3 to 8
1.00 to 1.50 feet
3.00 to 4.00 feet
July to August
Part shade to full shade
Heavy Shade, Black Walnut
|Easily grown in average, medium moisture, well-drained soils in part shade to full shade. Tolerates full sun in cool summer climates. Elsewhere it is best in part shade (some morning sun). Plants are tolerant of a wide range of soil conditions. Plants perform best in rich, moist, organic soils, with a preference for consistent moisture during the growing season, but plants have tolerance for some dry shade once established. Water is best applied directly to the soil beneath the leaves. Divide plants as needed in spring or autumn. Division is usually easiest in early spring before the leaves unfurl.
‘Guacamole’ is a medium hosta with leaves the color of guacamole. It is a sport of H. ‘Fragrant Bouquet’. It grows in a mound to 18″ tall but spreads over time to as much as 50″ wide. It features slightly convex, wide oval, chartreuse-gold leaves (to 11″ by 8″) with irregular darker bluish-green margins. Leaves are glossy above and glaucuous below with distinctive veining, mucronate tips and cordate to overlapping leaf bases. Funnel-shaped, highly fragrant, almost white flowers bloom in mid-summer on pale green scapes rising to 36″ tall. Solberg 1994.
Slugs and snails are attracted to the foliage, chewing jagged holes in the leaves, and if left unchecked, can cause serious damage over a fairly short period of time. Leaf spots and crown rot are less frequent problems. Otherwise, hostas are virtually pest-free and are considered ideal low-maintenance garden perennials. Leaves, particularly of exposed plants, can be Hostas are a mainstay of shade gardens. This variegated hosta makes an interesting garden specimen. It is effective in groups or massed. It can be mixed with other perennials in shady borders, shade gardens or woodland gardens.
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