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Hosta 'Rare Breed' foliage
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Plant Height: 20 inches
Flower Height: 3 feet
Spacing: 26 inches
Hardiness Zone: 3
Other Names: Plantain Lily, Funkia
Rare, tri-color leaves make this large hosta unique and showy; creamy white centers with dark green margins, accented with splashes of olive green; pale lavender flowers on arching stems in mid to late summer; perfect for shade and woodland gardens
Rare Breed Hosta features dainty spikes of lavender tubular flowers rising above the foliage from mid to late summer. Its attractive textured heart-shaped leaves remain creamy white in color with distinctive dark green edges and tinges of olive green throughout the season. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.
Rare Breed Hosta is a dense herbaceous perennial with tall flower stalks held atop a low mound of foliage. Its medium texture blends into the garden, but can always be balanced by a couple of finer or coarser plants for an effective composition.
This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and is best cleaned up in early spring before it resumes active growth for the season. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;
Rare Breed Hosta is recommended for the following landscape applications;
- Mass Planting
- Border Edging
- General Garden Use
Planting & Growing
Rare Breed Hosta will grow to be about 20 inches tall at maturity extending to 3 feet tall with the flowers, with a spread of 30 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 26 inches apart. Its foliage tends to remain dense right to the ground, not requiring facer plants in front. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years.
This plant does best in partial shade to shade. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid. It can be propagated by division; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.