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Make shady places shine! Patriot Hosta is one of the brightest Spirits you can buy for shady spots. This showstopper features deep green leaves bordered by a broad, gleaming white margin. It positively glows! Funnel-shaped lilac flowers adorn the leafy mounds in summer, drawing in neighborhood hummingbirds for a sip of sweet nectar. Patriot is a medium-small to mid-sized Hosta that can dazzle on its own as a specimen, though it really creates drama en masse. Consider using it as a groundcover and turn blank space into brilliant, lush foliage.
- Hardiness Zone: 4-8
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Patriot Hosta was a happy accident. Someone at Mobjack Nurseries in Foster, Virginia, accidentally sprayed a batch of Francee Hostas with a pre-emergent herbicide one day. That herbicide caused damage in the form of some wonderful new mutations! One of the FranceeHostas, normally a green-leaved plant with narrow white margins, developed very wide white margins. John Lee Machen, Jr. registered the new plant as ‘Patriot’ in 1992. In 1997, the American Hosta Growers Association bestowed upon Patriot a great honor when they named it their “Hosta of the Year.” It remains a customer favorite.
Hostas are simple to grow, but one challenge Hosta growers do face is slugs. Slugs love these succulent Spirits. Because Patriot 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
Hostas are shade plants, and Patriot is happy there, but it is also one of the few Hostas that can handle a considerable amount of sun. With plenty of water, it can be grown in bright locations without burning, at least in the northern states. 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 Patriot, you can do it at any time, but late winter/early spring is best.
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