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Key West Hosta

Hosta 'Key West'

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Key West Hosta (Hosta 'Key West') at Woldhuis Farms Sunrise Greenhouses

Key West Hosta foliage

Key West Hosta foliage

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Key West Hosta (Hosta 'Key West') at Woldhuis Farms Sunrise Greenhouses

Key West Hosta flowers

Key West Hosta flowers

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  3 feet

Spacing:  3 feet

Sunlight:  partial shade  full shade 

Hardiness Zone:  3a

Other Names:  Plantain Lily, Funkia

Description:

Stunning, intense gold, smooth heart shaped leaves on a very large plant; spikes of lavender flowers in early summer; a striking specimen plant in the garden or border

Ornamental Features

Key West Hosta features dainty spikes of lavender tubular flowers rising above the foliage in early summer. Its attractive heart-shaped leaves emerge yellow in spring, turning gold in color throughout the season. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Key West 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;

  • Insects

Key West Hosta is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Mass Planting
  • General Garden Use
  • Groundcover

Planting & Growing

Key West Hosta will grow to be about 28 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 4 feet. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 3 feet apart. Its foliage tends to remain dense right to the ground, not requiring facer plants in front. It grows at a fast 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.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Accent  Massing  Garden  Groundcover 
Applications
Flowers  Foliage Color  Plant Form 
Ornamental Features

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