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HOSTA 'Katie Q'
Hosta, Katie Q Plantain Lily
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Hostas are mound-forming herbaceous perennials grown mostly for their attractive foliage. The knee-high tall selection ‘Katie Q’ marries blue and chartreuse colors in a shade garden. This cultivar originated as a mutation of the hybrid hosta 'Marilyn'. Hybridizer Mark Zilis selected it in 2003. Forming a dense, leafy clump, 'Katie Q' has large, rounded, heart-shaped leaves. The leaf center is soft bluish green surrounded with a wide chartreuse or yellow-green edge. 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 and tolerates a wide range of well-drained, fertile 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. Katie Q hosta is best used in shaded perennial gardens or can be massed as an herbaceous groundcover among ferns, azaleas and other shade plants.
8 - 2
3 - 9
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
Partial Shade, Full Shade
16"-20" / 40.6cm - 50.8cm
20"-26" / 50.8cm - 66.0cm
Hybrid Origin, Asia
Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline
Clay, Loam, Sand
Spring, Summer, Fall
Chartreuse, Blue Green
Blue Green, Yellow Green
Container, Groundcover, Mixed Border
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