Cheatin' Heart Hosta
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Plant Height: 8 inches
Flower Height: 14 inches
Spacing: 12 inches
Hardiness Zone: 2a
Other Names: Plantain Lily, Funkia
Unique small hosta with chartreuse to yellow leaves that will brighten up with some sun, but protect from mid-day sun; provides a bright contrast in a shade garden; violet spikes of flowers in late summer
Cheatin' Heart Hosta features dainty spikes of violet tubular flowers rising above the foliage in late summer. Its attractive small textured oval leaves remain chartreuse in color throughout the season. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.
Cheatin' Heart Hosta is a dense herbaceous perennial with tall flower stalks held atop a low mound of foliage. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other garden plants with less refined foliage.
This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and is best cleaned up in early spring before it resumes active growth for the season. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;
Cheatin' Heart Hosta is recommended for the following landscape applications;
- Mass Planting
- Border Edging
- General Garden Use
Planting & Growing
Cheatin' Heart Hosta will grow to be about 8 inches tall at maturity extending to 14 inches tall with the flowers, with a spread of 15 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 12 inches apart. Its foliage tends to remain low and dense right to the ground. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years.
This plant does best in partial shade to shade. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid. It can be propagated by division; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.