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HOSTA 'Northern Exposure'

Image of Hosta 'Northern Exposure'

James H. Schutte

Family

Liliaceae

Botanical Name

HOSTA 'Northern Exposure'

Plant Common Name

Hosta, Northern Exposure Plantain Lily, Plantain Lily

General Description

Hostas are herbaceous perennials grown for their leaves, tolerance of shade, mounding habit and toughness. This one, ‘Northern Exposure,’ forms large, spreading clumps of broad, oval leaves that thick, heavily puckered, and cool blue-green with wide yellow to chartreuse margins that turn creamy white as they mature. White tubular flowers appear on leafless stems held above the foliage in midsummer.

Like most hostas, ‘Northern Exposure’ grows best in full to partial shade, tolerates a wide range of well-drained soils, and prefers average, even moisture. In hot, dry conditions the margins may wither and dry. A site with no direct mid-day sun can help. Use ‘Northern Exposure’ for contrasts of texture and color in shaded perennial gardens and woodlands, or massed as a groundcover under large trees.

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

    Partial Sun, Partial Shade, Full Shade

  • Height

    34"-38" / 86.4cm - 96.5cm

  • Width

    64"-68" / 162.6cm - 172.7cm

  • 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

  • Fruit Color

    Green, Brown

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Yellow, Chartreuse, Blue Green

  • Foliage Color (Spring) Modifier

    Variegated

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Slate Gray, Steel Blue

  • Foliage Color (Summer) Modifier

    Variegated

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    White, Blue Green

  • 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