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HOSTA 'Mint Julep'

Image of Hosta 'Mint Julep'

Mark A. Miller

Family

Liliaceae

Botanical Name

HOSTA 'Mint Julep'

Plant Common Name

Hosta, Mint Julep Plantain Lily

Special Notice

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General Description

Hostas are mound-forming herbaceous perennials grown mostly for their attractive foliage. The large-leaved and wide-clumping selection ‘Mint Julep’ is a beauty to admire from the veranda while you relax and admire the shade garden. This cultivar originated as a mutation off of the hybrid hosta 'William Lachman'. Alex Malloy selected it in 2000. Forming a dense, leafy clump, 'Mint Julep' has large, pointed, plump heart-shaped leaves. The leaf center is deep medium green with a wide ivory-white edge. Lavender, tubular flowers appear on very 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. Mint Julep hosta is best used in spacious 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

    3'-4' / 0.9m - 1.2m

  • 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

  • Habit

    Clump-Forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Lavender

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    White, Green

  • Foliage Color (Spring) Modifier

    Variegated

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    White, Green, Slate Gray, Ivory

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green, Ivory

  • 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

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Groundcover, Mixed Border

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Hummingbirds

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes