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HOSTA 'Midwest Magic'

Image of Hosta 'Midwest Magic'

James H. Schutte

Family

Liliaceae

Botanical Name

HOSTA 'Midwest Magic'

Plant Common Name

Hosta, Midwest Magic Plantain Lily, Plantain Lily

General Description

Hostas need shade, right? Not always. Large and bright, ‘Midwest Magic’ needs a bit of sun to develop is warmest leaf color. Hostas are herbaceous perennials prized for their mounding habit, toughness, and attractive leaves. The leaves are heart-shaped leaves and yellow-gold with wide dark-green margins. They are also slightly glossy and lightly corrugated. The flowers are pale lavender, fertile, and tubular and appear on leafless stems held above the foliage in mid to late summer. The plants form neat mounds.

Like most hostas, ‘Midwest Magic’ grows best in full to partial shade, tolerates a wide range of well-drained soils, and prefers average, even water. It also needs at least some morning sun to maintain good leaf color. Use ‘Midwest Magic’ for contrasts of scale, texture and color in shaded perennial gardens and woodland, or massed as a 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

    19"-23" / 48.3cm - 58.4cm (20)

  • Width

    45"-49" / 114.3cm - 124.5cm (48)

  • Bloom Time

    Late Summer

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin

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

  • Fruit Color

    Green, Brown

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Dark Green, Gold

  • Foliage Color (Spring) Modifier

    Variegated

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Dark Green, Gold

  • Foliage Color (Summer) Modifier

    Variegated

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Dark Green, Gold

  • Foliage Color (Fall) Modifier

    Variegated

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • 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

    Glossy

  • 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