¡Delicioso! Guacamole Hosta looks good enough to eat. This scrumptious Spirit mimics an avocado cut in half. The middle of each leaf is painted a creamy guacamole-green, while the margins are dark green like an avocado rind. In late summer, flowers appear that smell good enough to eat. Bell-shaped white blossoms like miniature lilies rise on 3-foot stems. They make fantastic cut flowers. Just a few added to a bouquet will fill a room with their delightful, sweet scent. Plant Guacamole Hosta in a partly shaded spot near your porch or patio, where it will be convenient for cutting or enjoying in situ.
Hostas are native to Japan, China, and Korea, but they have many passionate fans around the world. Over the years, plant breeders (along with some home gardeners) have introduced new Hosta selections whenever they’ve found a plant with unique traits. As a result, there are now thousands of varieties to pick from! Large, small, blue, green, gold, variegated, upright, or spreading—there’s something for everyone. Guacamole Hosta was introduced by Bob Solberg of North Carolina in 1994. The American Hosta Growers Association named it their “Hosta of the Year” in 2002.
Hostas are simple to grow, but one challenge Hosta growers do face is slugs. Slugs love these succulent Spirits. Because Guacamole Hosta has such thick, waxy foliage, however, it is largely slug-proof! They tend to shun it and go elsewhere in search of easier meals.
How to Grow
In general, Hostas love shade, but Guacamole Hosta needs some sun to bring out the richest colors in its foliage. In fact, Guacamole is one of the most sun-tolerant Hostas you can buy. Give this specimen regular water for a lush effect. It will survive on less frequent irrigation, but will grow smaller in a dry spot. In deer-prone areas, treat with Plantskydd® to prevent grazing. Foliage will die back with the first frosts and can be cut back then. If you wish to dig and divide Guacamole, you can do it at any time, but late winter/early spring is best.
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