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HOSTA 'Cherry Berry'

Image of Hosta 'Cherry Berry'

James H. Schutte

Family

Liliaceae

Botanical Name

HOSTA 'Cherry Berry'

Plant Common Name

Cherry Berry Plantain Lily, Hosta, Plantain Lily

General Description

Cherry Berry hosta is a vividly breathtaking plant. Its beautiful lance shaped leaves are white with dark green margins. Occasionally the dark pigmentation pierces a thick streak into the white center of the leaf. The clump is rather modest in size. In midsummer, short red spikes are covered in deep lavender or purple flowers. Unlike other hostas, this cultivar's flowers are not fragrant. In autumn, the seed pods are red, which is the reason for the cultivar name.

The CHerry Berry hosta is best used in lightly shaded perennial gardens or massed as a groundcover near red or purple foliage shade plants. A fertile, humus-rich soil that is moist but well-drained in required. Watch out for snails and slugs, especially in spring, as they will devour emerging leaves and munch holes in mature leaf blades.

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, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Perennial

  • Sun Exposure

    Partial Shade, Full Shade

  • Height

    12"-20" / 30.5cm - 50.8cm

  • Width

    18"-24" / 45.7cm - 61.0cm

  • Bloom Time

    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

    Purple, Lavender, Ivory

  • Fruit Color

    Red

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    White, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Spring) Modifier

    Variegated, Striped/Striated

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    White, Dark Green, Slate Gray, Steel Blue

  • Foliage Color (Summer) Modifier

    Variegated, Striped/Striated

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    White, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall) Modifier

    Variegated, Striped/Striated

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    Yes

  • 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