Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 3-8
  • Exposure: Part Shade to Filtered Sun
  • Bloom Time: Summer
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Curly Fries Hosta

Hosta x 'Curly Fries'
A sassy Spirit that everybody loves. You can’t stop at just one!

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Just try to resist it! Curly Fries Hosta will satisfy your appetite for the weird and the wonderful. A quirky Spirit like no other, it catches your eye and makes you smile. Long, skinny yellow leaves, undulating madly, radiate out from the center of the plant, making a perfect circle of slim, wavy foliage. In summer, exquisite flowers rise above the rippled leaves. The blossoms are bright white with fine parallel purple lines that appear to have been painstakingly drawn in by hand. Let Curly Fries steal the show in your shady entryway garden, courtyard, or patio area. It’s so fun!

Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 3-8
  • Exposure: Part Shade to Filtered Sun
  • Bloom Time: Summer
  • Show more ›

The Story

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. Curly Fries first appeared as a sport (chance mutation) of a similar gold Hosta called Pineapple Upsidedown Cake. A North Carolina transplant (originally from Florida), Bob Solberg, discovered it at his Green Hill Farm nursery. He introduced the novel plant in 2008, and it shot to the top of many shade gardeners’ wish lists. In 2016, the American Hosta Growers Association named Curly Fries their “Hosta of the Year,” a huge honor.

The Details

As it matures, Curly Fries Hosta changes its appearance somewhat. The leaves become wider and a bit less wavy. They begin to look like corn leaves, only yellow, and arranged in a neat rounded mound.

How to Grow

Hostas love shade, and Curly Fries is especially needful of protection from the hot sun. The yellow leaves are vulnerable to browning if the light is too intense or moisture is inadequate. Curly Fries is otherwise as simple to grow as any other Hosta. Water weekly if no rain falls. 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 Curly Fries, you can do it at any time, but late winter/early spring is best.

More Info

Cold Tolerance/Hardiness Zone 3
Heat Tolerance/Hardiness Zone 8
Exposure Part Shade to Filtered Sun
Avg Mature Height 5-6"
Avg Mature Width 14-16"
Flower Color Purple
Foliage Color Chartreuse to Gold/Creamy Yellow
Bloom Time Summer
Attracts Butterflies Yes
Attracts Hummingbirds Yes
Attracts Pollinators Yes
Deer Resistant No
Drought Tolerant Yes
Dry, Poor Soils No
Fragrant No
Groundcover Yes
Native No
Salt Tolerance/Seashore No
Shade Tolerance Yes
Showy Flowers Yes
Wet Moist Soils No
Winter Interest No
Woodland Garden Yes
Decor/Craft Use Yes

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