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HOSTA 'American Dream'

Image of Hosta 'American Dream'

James Burghardt

Family

Liliaceae

Botanical Name

HOSTA 'American Dream'

Plant Common Name

American Dream Plantain Lily, Hosta, Plantain Lily

General Description

Hostas need shade, right? Not always. The bright yellow leaves of ‘American Dream’ only reach full color in partial shade to partial sun. Like other hostas, it is a clump-forming herbaceous perennial grown mostly for beauty of its leaves. The yellow to lime-green leaves are edged in white, oval in shape, pointed, cupped and slightly corrugated. Lavender flowers that are funnel or bell-shaped appear on tall, sturdy stems in late summer. The plants form neat mounds of overlapping leaves.

This hosta grows best in full to partial shade and tolerates a wide range of well-drained soil types. It needs ar least morning sun to maintain good leaf color. It has average water needs, but prefers even moisture. In hot and dry conditions it may develop dry leaf edges and tips. Pests are also a problem. Slugs and snails favor hosta leaves and riddle them with holes, and deer will feast on them if given the chance. It is best used in shaded perennial gardens or can be massed as an herbaceous groundcover.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    9 - 2

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    3 - 8

  • Sunset Zone

    A2, A3, 1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Perennial

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun, Partial Shade, Full Shade

  • Height

    0"-26" / 0.0cm - 66.0cm

  • Width

    0"-36" / 0.0cm - 91.4cm

  • Bloom Time

    Late Summer

  • Native To

    Asia

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Average

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam, Sand

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Clump-Forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    White, Lavender, Ivory

  • Fruit Color

    Brown

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    White, Lime Green, Yellow Green

  • Foliage Color (Spring) Modifier

    Variegated

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Slate Gray, Steel Blue

  • Foliage Color (Summer) Modifier

    Variegated

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    White, Lime Green, Yellow Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall) Modifier

    Variegated

  • Fragrant Flowers

    Yes

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Bold

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Container, Edging, Feature Plant, Groundcover, Mixed Border

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes