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HOSTA 'Crusader'

Image of Hosta 'Crusader'

James Burghardt

Family

Liliaceae

Botanical Name

HOSTA 'Crusader'

Plant Common Name

Crusader Plantain Lily, Hosta, Plantain Lily

General Description

Hostas are herbaceous perennials grown for their leaves, mounding habit, toughness and tolerance of shade. This one, ‘Crusader’ is a medium-sized variegated hosta that forms neat clumps. Its heart-shaped leaves have good substance and are puckered and ribbed. They are slightly blue-green in color accented with white to chartreuse, irregularly-shaped margins. Lavender funnel-shaped flowers appear on tall stems held above the foliage in late summer.

Like most hostas, ‘Crusader’ grows best in full to partial shade and tolerates a wide range of well-drained soil. It has average water needs and prefers even moisture. Use ‘Crusader’ for its showy leaves, for contrasts of color and texture in shaded perennial gardens and woodlands, or can planted en masse as an herbaceous groundcover for a shady spot.

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

    0"-18" / 0.0cm - 45.7cm

  • Width

    0'-42' / 0.0m - 12.8m

  • 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

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    White, Chartreuse, Blue Green

  • Foliage Color (Spring) Modifier

    Variegated

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Slate Gray, Steel Blue

  • Foliage Color (Summer) Modifier

    Variegated

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    White, Chartreuse, Blue 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