February 1, 2023
Hosta 'Patriot'

Hosta 'Patriot'

Hosta ‘Patriot’ is also known as Plantain lily ‘Patriot’, Funkia, or its Japanese Giboshi. It is part of the Asparagaceae family of plants. It is a clump-forming perennial. Hostas are named after Austrian botanist, Nicholas Thomas Host. It is a herbaceous perennial, that grows from rhizomes or stolons. They grow to about 45cm or 18in tall. Hosta is native to Northeast Asia.

Hosta 'Patriot'
Hosta ‘Patriot’ flower

Hosta ‘Patriot’ is variegated. It has large green leaves with cream margins. In late spring or early summer, it flowers. The flowers are funnel-shaped. They are light purple or lavender and grow on spikes. Hosta ‘Patriot’ flowers are slightly fragrant and attract bees.

Hosta 'Patriot'
Hosta ‘Patriot’

How to grow Hosta ‘Patriot’:

They are easy to grow. Plant Hosta ‘Patriot’ in the sun or partial shade. Plant it in a moist but well-drained soil. Shelter it from winds. It is a good plant for beds, borders as well as containers. Watch out for slugs and snails and vine weevil. Hosta ‘Patriot’ is susceptible to the virus. A ‘Hosta Virus X’ was discovered in 1996 in the USA. Plants are usually destroyed to prevent the spread. The virus usually is transmitted through the sap.

Propagate Hosta ‘Patriot’ by division in later summer after flowering or in early spring before seasonal growth.

Hosta 'Patriot'
Hosta ‘Patriot’
Hosta 'Patriot'
Hosta ‘Patriot’

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