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HOSTA 'Richland Gold'

Image of Hosta 'Richland Gold'

Mark A. Miller

Family

Liliaceae

Botanical Name

HOSTA 'Richland Gold'

Plant Common Name

Hosta, Plantain Lily, Richland Gold Hosta

Special Notice

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General Description

Hostas need shade, right? Not always. The gold-leafed ‘Richland Gold’ and other hostas with yellow leaves, tend to need more light for brilliant leaf color. Hosta are clump-forming herbaceous ornamentals grown mostly for their attractive foliage. The heart-shaped leaves of ‘Richland Gold’ emerge green-gold and mature to a rich clear gold. They are of good substance and ribbed. Light lavender flowers are funnel-shaped and appear on leafy stems held above the foliage in midsummer. The plants form spreading mounds and multiply quickly.

Overall, this hosta grows best in full to partial shade and tolerates a wide range of well-drained soil types. It needs more morning sun to maintain good leaf color. Hostas have average water needs, but prefer even moisture. In hot and dry conditions most develop dry leaf edges and tips. Pests are also a problem. Slugs and snails favor Hosta leaves and riddle them with holes, and deer will feast on them if given the chance. Hosta are best used in shaded perennial gardens or can be massed as an herbaceous 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

    12"-16" / 30.5cm - 40.6cm

  • Width

    28"-32" / 71.1cm - 81.3cm

  • 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)

    Yellow Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Slate Gray, Steel Blue

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Gold

  • 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