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HOSTA 'Golden Scepter'

Image of Hosta 'Golden Scepter'

James H. Schutte

Family

Liliaceae

Botanical Name

HOSTA 'Golden Scepter'

Plant Common Name

Golden Scepter Plantain Lily, Hosta, Plantain Lily

General Description

Hostas need shade, right? Not always. This one, the yellow-leaved ‘Golden Scepter,’ needs some sun to develop its warmest color. Hostas are grown for their habit, toughness and attractive leaves, like those of 'Golden Scepter' which are a sunny golden yellow, heart-shaped and deeply ribbed. The flowers are lavender, bell-shaped and appear in clusters atop leafless stems held above the foliage in midsummer. The plant is vigorous, small, and forms a spreading mound.

Like most hostas, ‘Golden Scepter’ 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. A site with no direct sun can helpo, along with even moisture. Use ‘Golden Scepter’ for contrasts of size, texture, and color in shaded perennial gardens and woodlands, or massed as an herbaceous groundcover.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    9 - 2

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    3 - 9

  • 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 Shade, Full Shade

  • Height

    6"-12" / 15.2cm - 30.5cm

  • Width

    15"-18" / 38.1cm - 45.7cm

  • 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)

    Yellow Green, Gold

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Slate Gray, Steel Blue

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Yellow Green, Gold

  • 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