Risky Business Hosta
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Height: 26 inches
Spacing: 26 inches
Hardiness Zone: 3
Other Names: Plantain Lily, Funkia
The foliage of this extraordinary variation boasts a pure white stripe-like center with wide deep green margins; a very showy plant on its own, as an accent or massed; lavender spikes of flowers in mid-summer
Risky Business Hosta features dainty spikes of violet tubular flowers rising above the foliage in mid summer. Its attractive glossy heart-shaped leaves remain dark green in color with prominent white stripes throughout the season. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.
Risky Business 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;
Risky Business Hosta is recommended for the following landscape applications;
- Mass Planting
- Border Edging
- General Garden Use
Planting & Growing
Risky Business Hosta will grow to be about 20 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 32 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 26 inches apart. Its foliage tends to remain dense right to the ground, not requiring facer plants in front. It grows at a medium 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.