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HOSTA 'Golden Sunburst'

Image of Hosta 'Golden Sunburst'

James H. Schutte

Family

Liliaceae

Botanical Name

HOSTA 'Golden Sunburst'

Plant Common Name

Golden Sunburst Plantain Lily, Hosta, Plantain Lily

General Description

leaves, such as ‘Golden Scepter,’ need a bit of sun to develop their warmest glow. Hostas are prized for their habit, toughness, tolerance of shade, and leaves. This one has leaves of an eye-catching yellow-green that are round to heart-shaped, heavily puckered and ribbed. The flowers are pale lavender, bell-shaped, and appear on leafless stems held just above the foliage in late summer. The plants are small to medium-sized and form neat mounds.

Like most hostas, ‘Golden Sunburst’ 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 mid-day sun can help. Use ‘Golden Sunburst’ for contrasts of color, habit and texture shaded perennial gardens and woodlands, or massed as a 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 Sun, Partial Shade, Full Shade

  • Height

    12"-16" / 30.5cm - 40.6cm

  • Width

    24"-28" / 61.0cm - 71.1cm

  • 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

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Chartreuse, Yellow Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Slate Gray, Steel Blue

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Chartreuse, Yellow Green

  • 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