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HOSTA 'Aristocrat'

Image of Hosta 'Aristocrat' PP11286

Family

Liliaceae

Botanical Name

HOSTA 'Aristocrat' PP11286

Plant Common Name

Aristocrat Plantain Lily, Hosta, Plantain Lily

General Description

A compact herbaceous perennial, 'Aristocrat’ forms tidy mounds of overlapping heart-shaped leaves that are substantial and corrugated. The center of the leaves is blue-green and the edges have a wide, irregular band of creamy-yellow to white. The flowers are lavender and funnel-shaped. They appear on tall stems held above the leaves in midsummer.

Like most hostas, ‘Aristocrat’ grows best in full to partial shade and tolerates a wide range of fertile, well-drained soils. It has average water needs and prefers even moisture. In hot and dry conditions it can develop dry leaf edges and tips. Use ‘Aristocrat’ for a contrast of leaf colors and textures in shaded perennial gardens or planted en masse 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

    Partial Sun, Partial Shade, Full Shade

  • Height

    16"-18" / 40.6cm - 45.7cm

  • Width

    24"-36" / 61.0cm - 91.4cm

  • Bloom Time

    Summer, 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

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    White, Blue Green, Light Yellow, Yellow Green

  • Foliage Color (Spring) Modifier

    Variegated

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Slate Gray, Steel Blue

  • Foliage Color (Summer) Modifier

    Variegated

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    White, Blue Green, Light Yellow, Yellow Green, Ivory

  • 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

    Glossy

  • 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