High Desert Plant Finder & Guide
Variegated Mountain Hosta
Hosta montana 'Aureovariegata'
Variegated Mountain Hosta
(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)
Plant Height: 32 inches
Flower Height: 4 feet
Spacing: 4 feet
Hardiness Zone: 2
Other Names: Plantain Lily, Funkia
This variety is early to emerge in spring and forms a large, vase shaped, mounded habit; foliage has green centers and yellow-green edges that mature to cream; excellent color for shady areas
Variegated Mountain Hosta features dainty spikes of lavender bell-shaped flowers rising above the foliage in mid summer. Its attractive enormous textured heart-shaped leaves remain emerald green in color with distinctive chartreuse edges throughout the season. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.
Variegated Mountain Hosta is a dense herbaceous perennial with tall flower stalks held atop a low mound of foliage. Its wonderfully bold, coarse texture can be very effective in a balanced garden 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;
Variegated Mountain Hosta is recommended for the following landscape applications;
- Mass Planting
- General Garden Use
Planting & Growing
Variegated Mountain Hosta will grow to be about 32 inches tall at maturity extending to 4 feet 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 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 is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America. 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.
Please note: Our Plant Guide is all about plants that will work in the high desert. It is not, nor is it intended to be, a current list of plants in stock on hand at each location or at our farm. We purposely do not sell or ship plants via the internet. Plant questions and availability are best determined in-store.