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HOSTA 'Piedmont Gold'

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Mark Kane

Family

Liliaceae

Botanical Name

HOSTA 'Piedmont Gold'

Plant Common Name

Hosta, Piedmont Gold Plantain Lily, Plantain Lily

Special Notice

This entry has yet to be reviewed and approved by L2G editors.

General Description

Hostas are mound-forming herbaceous perennials grown mostly for their attractive foliage. The huge-leaved and increasingly sun-tolerant selection ‘Piedmont Gold’ is a beauty with it's bright green-gold color. This cultivar originated with Piedmont Nurseries in 1982. Forming a large, leafy clump, 'Piedmont Gold has spade-shaped leaves that are rippled or wave edged. If ample light reaches the leaves, they remain a golden chartreuse, but too much shade causes them to become more bright yellow-green. White 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. 'Piedmont Gold' looks its best when it basks in about 4 to 6 hours of early morning sun daily before receiving shade the rest of the day. 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. Piedmont Gold hosta is best used in spacious shaded perennial gardens or can be massed as an herbaceous groundcover juxtaposing blue- or green-leaved 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 Sun, Partial Shade

  • Height

    18"-25" / 45.7cm - 63.5cm

  • Width

    37"-42" / 94.0cm - 106.7cm

  • 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

    White, Ivory

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Yellow, Chartreuse, Gold

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Chartreuse, Yellow Green, Gold

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Chartreuse, 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

    Bold

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Container, Feature Plant, Groundcover, Mixed Border

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Hummingbirds

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes