Kiwi Full Monty Hosta
Hosta 'Kiwi Full Monty'
Kiwi Full Monty Hosta foliage
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Plant Height: 22 inches
Flower Height: 32 inches
Spacing: 4 feet
Hardiness Zone: 3a
Other Names: Plantain Lily, Funkia
A varied and interesting variety with chartreuse leaf centers that progress to gold and then to white late in the season; provides beautiful texture and contrast to other plants; lavender spikes of flowers in mid-summer
Kiwi Full Monty Hosta features dainty spikes of lavender trumpet-shaped flowers rising above the foliage in mid summer, which emerge from distinctive violet flower buds. Its attractive textured narrow leaves remain chartreuse in color with distinctive green edges and tinges of white throughout the season.
Kiwi Full Monty Hosta is a dense herbaceous perennial with tall flower stalks held atop a low mound of foliage. Its medium texture blends into the garden, but can always be balanced by a couple of finer or coarser plants for an effective composition.
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;
Kiwi Full Monty Hosta is recommended for the following landscape applications;
- Mass Planting
- Border Edging
- General Garden Use
Planting & Growing
Kiwi Full Monty Hosta will grow to be about 22 inches tall at maturity extending to 32 inches tall with the flowers, with a spread of 4 feet. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 4 feet apart. Its foliage tends to remain dense right to the ground, not requiring facer plants in front. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years. As an herbaceous perennial, this plant will usually die back to the crown each winter, and will regrow from the base each spring. Be careful not to disturb the crown in late winter when it may not be readily seen!
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.