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HOSTA 'Blue Whirls'

Image of Hosta 'Blue Whirls'

James H. Schutte

Family

Liliaceae

Botanical Name

HOSTA 'Blue Whirls'

Plant Common Name

Blue Whirls Plantain Lily, Hosta, Plantain Lily

General Description

Hostas are mound-forming herbaceous perennials grown for their attractive leaves, toughness and tolerance for shade. This one, ‘Blue Whirls,’ has a unique tousled look. It is a medium to large hosta that forms a dense, swirling clump. Its lance-shaped leaves are cupped with deeply impressed veins. They are a lovely silvery blue-green color. An abundance of white, bell-shaped flowers appear on leafless stems held above the foliage in summer.

Overall, this hosta grows best in full to partial shade and tolerates a wide range of well-drained soil types. It has average water needs, but prefers even moisture. Use ‘Blue Whirls’ for contrasts of texture and color in shaded perennial gardens or planted en masse to make 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

    22"-26" / 55.9cm - 66.0cm

  • Width

    40"-44" / 101.6cm - 111.8cm

  • Bloom Time

    Early Summer, 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, Tan

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Blue Green, Silver

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Slate Gray, Steel Blue

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Blue Green, Silver

  • 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