• Hosta Patriot perennial displaying glossy greens and white bordered leaves
  • Hosta Patriot Plantain Lily with green and white edged foliage planted in garden
  • Hosta Patriot perennial ground cover variegated foliage
  • Hosta Patriot ground covers in full bloom with purple flowers atop tall stems

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Hosta Patriot

Hosta x 'Patriot'

Hosta Patriot is a shade loving perennial with wide white borders to its large, heart-shaped leaves. This is a wonderful way to add light to a shady corner of your garden with these big, bright, show-stopping leaves.

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Hosta Patriot or Plantain Lily is a top choice for anyone looking to brighten a shady corner in their garden. Hosta Patriot is a medium hosta with a widespread, and it boasts wide, creamy-white margins on dark green heart-shaped leaves. This hosta plant prefers bright shade and humus-rich, moist, well-drained soil. These striking green leaves edged in white add beautiful contrast to a shade garden.

Hostas are shade-loving plants that are native to woodland areas in Korea, Japan, China, and eastern Russia. They need even and consistent moisture for optimum growth, and they can tolerate only so much sun. There are tons of different hosta varieties that range in colors from yellows, blues, creams, and greens. A partially shaded area with sun dapples, or only sun in the early morning, is the best placement for your Hosta Patriot. Make sure to protect it from wind as well.

In mid-summer, the center scape of a Hosta Patriot plant blooms with many small, trumpet-shaped lavender flowers, creating another burst of light color in your shaded garden areas. Hosta Patriot will continue to bloom until late August. The leaves are the prize feature for Hosta Patriot, and deadheading the scape after the blooms are finished will encourage better growth for the leaves during the growing season.

Hosta 'Patriot' is a sport of Hosta 'Francee,' but it features a much wider white edge on all of its leaves. The white is a creamier color on the younger hosta leaves in the spring, and the green is slightly lighter leaf color than that of its brother variant, Hosta 'Minuteman.' It was voted Hosta of the year in 1997 by the American Hosta Growers association, and is still considered a favorite shade perennials for gardeners all over.

It is worth noting that Hosta Patriot is a favorite for more than just gardeners. It is known to be a favorite snack for deer, vole, slugs and snails. One should be aware of what kind of pests can wander into your shade gardens before planting Hosta Patriot, or at least be prepared to set up preventative measures - you don't want your local wildlife enjoying your hostas before you can!

To encourage an even spread and prevent overcrowding, you should divide your Hosta Patriots in the early spring. This is the best time to spread your perennials before their main growing season. Your Hosta will tolerate clay soils, but soil with lots of drainage will help with maintaining even moisture. Spring dividing is a good time to mix in organic matter, peat moss, and other materials to improve your soil for better root growth.

It is actually considered one of only a few hostas that can tolerate more sun without their growth being affected too much. Being more sun tolerant does not mean they can tolerate direct sun, however. The further north your zone, the more sun your Hosta Patriot can handle.


Growzone: 3-8 Hosta Patriot Hardiness Zone 3-8
Hardiness Zone: 3-8
Mature Height: 12 to 20 Inches
Mature Width: 24 to 30 Inches
Sunlight: Full shade to partial shade
Water Requirements: Average

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