The variegated foliage of the “Patriot” hosta is striking from late spring through early fall. (Photo by Rick Peterson)

The variegated foliage of the “Patriot” hosta is striking from late spring through early fall. (Photo by Rick Peterson)

Great Plant Pick: Hosta ‘Patriot’ one of the most popular

The variegated foliage of the “Patriot” hosta is striking from late spring through early fall.

What: “Patriot” is one of the most popular and striking hostas of all time. The gleaming white leaf edges and rich green centers cannot be matched. Not only is the variegated foliage fantastic, but the new buds poking out in the spring are a bright purple. The only hosta that comes close to “Patriot” is its sister “Minuteman.” “Minuteman” has darker green leaf centers and a brighter white edge. “Patriot” is a vigorous grower, but will take a few years to become a nice full clump. In late summer, short stems of lavender flowers dance just above the foliage.

Where: Hostas prefer a location in light to open shade, although “Patriot” will tolerate full sun with adequate moisture. Plant it in a location with rich and moist to well-drained soils. Most hostas will tolerate sandy sites, as well as clay.

Size: This hosta grows to be 1 foot tall and 2 feet wide when mature.

Care: During dry weather provide regular watering, especially in sandy soils. Hot locations should be avoided. Flowers can be removed once the blooms have faded, and the foliage can be cut to the ground in fall.

— Richie Steffen, Great Plant Picks

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