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HOSTA 'Crowned Imperial'

Image of Hosta 'Crowned Imperial'

Family

Liliaceae

Botanical Name

HOSTA 'Crowned Imperial'

Plant Common Name

Crowned Imperial Plantain Lily, Hosta, Plantain Lily

General Description

Hostas are herbaceous perennials grown mostly for their attractive leaves, mounding habit, toughness and tolerance for shade. . This variegated hosta, ‘Crowned Imperial,’ is medium to large, fast-growing, and forms dome-shaped clumps. Its large heart-shaped leaves are deeply puckered. They are gray-green in color accented with narrow, white, irregularly-shaped margins. Lavender funnel-shaped flowers appear on tall stems held above the foliage in mid to late summer.

Like most hostas, ‘Crowned Imperial’ grows best in full to partial shade and tolerates a wide range of well-drained soils. It has average water needs and prefers even moisture. Use it for contrasts of texture and color to brighten shaded perennial gardens and woodlands, or planted en masse as a ground cover, or planted in a large container.

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

    26"-28" / 66.0cm - 71.1cm

  • Width

    28"-36" / 71.1cm - 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, Gray Green

  • Foliage Color (Spring) Modifier

    Variegated

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Slate Gray, Steel Blue

  • Foliage Color (Summer) Modifier

    Variegated

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    White, Gray 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