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HOSTA 'Katie Q'

Image of Hosta 'Katie Q'

Mark A. Miller

Family

Liliaceae

Botanical Name

HOSTA 'Katie Q'

Plant Common Name

Hosta, Katie Q Plantain Lily

Special Notice

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General Description

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.

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 Shade, Full Shade

  • Height

    16"-20" / 40.6cm - 50.8cm

  • Width

    20"-26" / 50.8cm - 66.0cm

  • Bloom Time

    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

    Lavender

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Chartreuse, Blue Green

  • Foliage Color (Spring) Modifier

    Variegated

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Blue Green, Yellow Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer) Modifier

    Variegated

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Blue Green, 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

    Coarse

  • Foliage Sheen

    Glossy

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Container, Groundcover, Mixed Border

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Hummingbirds

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes