Ray of Hope Hosta
Hosta 'Ray of Hope'
Ray of Hope Hosta foliage
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Plant Height: 4 inches
Flower Height: 6 inches
Spacing: 12 inches
Hardiness Zone: 2a
Other Names: Plantain Lily, Funkia
Attractive green, lance shaped leaves are heavily rippled and streaked with white; flower is spider shaped
Ray of Hope Hosta features dainty spikes of lavender spider-like flowers rising above the foliage in mid summer. Its attractive tiny textured narrow leaves remain green in color with prominent white stripes throughout the season.
Ray of Hope Hosta is a dense herbaceous perennial with tall flower stalks held atop a low mound of foliage. It brings an extremely fine and delicate texture to the garden composition and should be used to full effect.
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;
Ray of Hope Hosta is recommended for the following landscape applications;
Planting & Growing
Ray of Hope Hosta will grow to be only 4 inches tall at maturity extending to 6 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 medium 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.