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HOSTA 'Fantasy Island'

Image of Hosta 'Fantasy Island'

Mark A. Miller

Family

Liliaceae

Botanical Name

HOSTA 'Fantasy Island'

Plant Common Name

Special Notice

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General Description

Hostas are mound-forming herbaceous perennials grown mostly for their attractive foliage. The rather vigorous, short and more sun-tolerant ‘Fantasy Island’ is perfect for the front of a border or in a container. This cultivar originated in 2002 with gardener R. Solberg, as a sport mutation off of the hybrid hosta 'Island Charm'. Forming a dense, leafy clump, 'Fantasy Island' has pointed, three-color leaves of yellow, light chartreuse and medium green. Lavender, tubular flowers appear on tall leafless stems held above the foliage in early to midsummer.

Overall, this hosta grows best in full to partial shade, but handles partial sun as long as the soil isn't too dry. 'Fantasy Island' also tolerates a wide range of well-drained soil types. Hostas have average water needs, but prefer consistent moisture. In hot and dry conditions most develop dry leaf edges and tips. Pests are also a problem. Slugs and snails favor the leaves and riddle them with holes, and deer will feast on them if given the chance. Fantasy Island hosta is best used in shaded perennial gardens or can be massed as an herbaceous groundcover.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    8 - 2

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    3 - 9

  • 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 Sun, Partial Shade, Full Shade

  • Height

    6"-9" / 15.2cm - 22.9cm

  • Width

    15"-20" / 38.1cm - 50.8cm

  • Bloom Time

    Early Summer, Summer

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin, 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

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Yellow, Green, Light Green, Chartreuse, Yellow Green

  • Foliage Color (Spring) Modifier

    Variegated

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green, Chartreuse, Light Yellow

  • Foliage Color (Summer) Modifier

    Variegated

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green, Chartreuse, Light Yellow

  • 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

    Coarse

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Container, Edging, Groundcover, Mixed Border

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Hummingbirds

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes