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HOSTA 'Moonlight'

Image of Hosta 'Moonlight'

James H. Schutte

Family

Liliaceae

Botanical Name

HOSTA 'Moonlight'

Plant Common Name

Hosta, Moonlight Plantain Lily, Plantain Lily

General Description

Hostas need shade, right? Not always. The variegated ‘Moonlight’ needs a bit of sun to develop its warm yellow leaf color. Herbaceous ornamentals prized for shade-tolerance and toughness, hostas have produced many specimens with attractive leaves. This one has dimpled, lance-shaped leaves that are green-gold with narrow, white margins. Many pale lavender, bell to funnel-shaped flowers appear on leafless stems held above the foliage in midsummer. The plant forms a small to medium-sized neat mound.

Like most hostas, ‘Moonlight’ grows best in full to partial shade, tolerates a wide range of well-drained soils, and prefers average, even moisture. It also needs at least some morning sun to maintain good leaf color. Use ‘Moonlight’ for contrasts of texture, silhouette and color in shaded perennial gardens and woodlands, 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

    10"-12" / 25.4cm - 30.5cm

  • Width

    16"-20" / 40.6cm - 50.8cm

  • Bloom Time

    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)

    White, Yellow Green, Gold

  • Foliage Color (Spring) Modifier

    Variegated

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Slate Gray, Steel Blue

  • Foliage Color (Summer) Modifier

    Variegated

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    White, Yellow Green, Gold

  • Foliage Color (Fall) Modifier

    Variegated

  • 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