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HOSTA 'Electrum Stater'

Image of Hosta 'Electrum Stater'

Family

Liliaceae

Botanical Name

HOSTA 'Electrum Stater'

Plant Common Name

Electrum Stater Plantain Lily, Hosta, Plantain Lily

General Description

Hostas are shade plants, right? Yes, but the gold-green ‘Electrum Stater’ and other hostas with yellow leaves need a bit of sun to develop their brightest leaf color. Like most hostas, ‘Electrum Stater’ is grown for its attractive leaves, mounding habit, toughness and tolerance for shade. Its gold centered leaves have irregular creamy-white margins. They are heart-shaped, thick, wavy and corrugated. The pale-lavender flowers are tubular and appear on tall leafless stems held above the foliage in midsummer. The plants are fast-growing, medium-sized and form neat mounds.

Like most hostas, ‘Electrum Stater’ grows in full to partial shade and tolerates a wide range of well-drained soils. It needs at least some morning sun to maintain good leaf color. It has average water needs and prefer even moisture. Use ‘Electrum Stater’ for contrasts of size, color and texture in shaded perennial gardens and woodlands, 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

    Full Sun, Partial Sun, Partial Shade, Full Shade

  • Height

    10"-14" / 25.4cm - 35.6cm

  • Width

    24"-28" / 61.0cm - 71.1cm

  • 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

    White, Lavender, Ivory

  • Fruit Color

    Green, Brown

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    White, Yellow Green, Gold

  • Foliage Color (Spring) Modifier

    Variegated

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Slate Gray, Steel Blue

  • Foliage Color (Summer) Modifier

    Variegated

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    White, Yellow Green, Gold

  • 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