Spartacus Hosta in bloom
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Plant Height: 18 inches
Flower Height: 3 feet
Spacing: 30 inches
Hardiness Zone: 3a
Other Names: Plantain Lily, Funkia
Brand: Walters Gardens
This attractive variety features deeply veined blue-green leaves that form a dome shape, with heavily rippled yellow margins; pale lavender flowers in early to mid-summer; a versatile, colorful addition to the garden or landscape
Spartacus Hosta features dainty spikes of lavender tubular flowers rising above the foliage from early to mid summer. Its attractive textured heart-shaped leaves remain bluish-green in color with distinctive yellow edges and tinges of powder blue throughout the season.
Spartacus Hosta is a dense herbaceous perennial with tall flower stalks held atop a low mound of foliage. Its relatively coarse texture can be used to stand it apart from other garden plants with finer foliage.
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;
Spartacus Hosta is recommended for the following landscape applications;
- Mass Planting
- Border Edging
- General Garden Use
Planting & Growing
Spartacus Hosta will grow to be about 18 inches tall at maturity extending to 3 feet tall with the flowers, with a spread of 3 feet. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 30 inches 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. As an herbaceous perennial, this plant will usually die back to the crown each winter, and will regrow from the base each spring. Be careful not to disturb the crown in late winter when it may not be readily seen!
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.