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HOSTA 'Gold Drop'

Image of Hosta 'Gold Drop'

James H. Schutte

Family

Liliaceae

Botanical Name

HOSTA 'Gold Drop'

Plant Common Name

Gold Drop Plantain Lily, Hosta, Plantain Lily

General Description

Hostas need shade, right? Not always. The chartreuse-leaved ‘Gold Drop’ actually needs a bit of sun to develop its brightest color. It is an herbaceous perennials grown for its leaves, habit, and toughness. It is tiny, as hostas go, with glowing chartreuse to gold leaves arranged in a charming tuft. The leaves are heart-shaped and smooth. The flowers are white, bell to funnel-shaped, and appear on leafless stems held above the foliage in midsummer.

Like most hostas, ‘Gold Drop’ grows best 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 prefers average, even moisture. In hot, dry conditions the edges and tips of the leaves may wither. Use ‘Gold Drop’ for contrasts of size and color, or as edging in shaded perennial gardens, and 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

    5"-6" / 12.7cm - 15.2cm

  • Width

    6"-8" / 15.2cm - 20.3cm

  • 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

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Chartreuse

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Slate Gray, Steel Blue

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Chartreuse

  • 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