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Hosta 'Captain Kirk'

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Photo Courtesy of Walters Gardens, Inc.
 Common Name: Hosta
    • An impressive, eye-catching large hosta; makes an excellent specimen plant

 

    • An improved sport of 'Gold Standard' with much wider, dark green margins, gold centers, and heavier substance

 

    • Pale lavender flowers appear on 30" scapes in midsummer

Hostas are exceedingly popular perennials in today's gardens due to their versatility in the landscape. Their subtle colors, tall flower scapes, and broad, coarse leaves fill a niche in garden designs that few other plants can achieve. Their large leaves provide excellent coverage for dying bulb foliage. Hostas also grow well in city environments where the air may be polluted by car exhaust, etc.

Intro Year: 1999

Breeder: K. Brill

Origin: Not Native to North America

Characteristics:



Height:
  20 Inches
Spread:
  36 Inches
Scape Height:
  30 Inches
Flower Color:
  Purple shades
Foliage Color:
  Variegated
Hardiness Zone:
3,4,5,6,7,8,9
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Sun or Shade?:
  Part shade (4-6 hrs. direct sun)
  Full shade (< 4 hrs. direct sun)
Wet or dry?:
  Average water needs
  Consistent water needs
Want to see wings?:
  Attracts hummingbirds
How fast should it grow?:
  Medium
When should it bloom?:
  Midsummer
How's your soil?:
  Average Soil
  Fertile Soil
Sweet or Sour Soil?:
  Acidic Soil (pH < 7.0)
  Neutral Soil (pH = 7.0)
What's your garden style?:
  Woodland/Shade
  Eclectic

Attributes:

Border plants
Cut flower or foliage
Mass Planting
Specimen or focal point
Easy to grow

Awards:

  Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit 2012

Homeowner Growing & Maintenance Tips:

Hostas grow best in moist, well-drained, highly organic soils with a pH between 5.5 and 7.5. Sandy loam is better than clay because it provides more aeration for the roots. High-filtered or dappled sunlight is necessary for clean, healthy growth. Morning sun is tolerable and will help to intensify the leaf colors, but hot afternoon sun is usually deadly to hostas. They are most at home in shady, woodland settings and often work well as specimen or edging plants.

Hostas are very easy to propagate through division. This can be done at any time during the growing season with little or no affect on the growth of the parent plant. Since each division should have at least 3 eyes, plants should be allowed to mature for several years before being divided.

Especially in northern zones, hostas should be mulched with a layer of finely shredded organic material to prevent heaving in the winter. Mulch is beneficial because it retains moisture around the plant's roots, but it is also the ideal place for slugs to hide. Watch for holes in the center of the leaves. If they are present, so are slugs. Applying a slug bait in early spring when new shoots are beginning to emerge will help to reduce the slug population. After a few years when plants are firmly established, the mulch can be removed completely, which should eliminate the slug problem altogether. Also be sure to clean all hosta foliage out of the garden in early winter after the plants have gone dormant. By doing so, you will be ridding the area of the eggs of slugs and other leaf-eating insects.


Companions:

Common/Botanical Name
Zones  
Astilbe 'August Light' ('Augustleuchten')
Common Name: Astilbe-Hybrid
4,5,6,7,8,9
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Cimicifuga ramosa 'James Compton'
Common Name: Snakeroot-Black
4,5,6,7,8
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Dicentra spectabilis
Common Name: Bleeding Heart-Old-Fashioned
3,4,5,6,7,8,9
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Corydalis lutea
Common Name: Corydalis-Yellow
5,6,7
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Hakonechloa macra 'Aureola'
Common Name: Grass-Ornamental
5,6,7,8,9
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Helleborus x hybridus 'Sunshine Strain'
Common Name: Lenten Rose
4,5,6,7,8,9
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Tiarella 'Neon Lights' PP13289
Common Name: Foamflower
4,5,6,7,8,9
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Heuchera 'Amethyst Myst' COPF
Common Name: Coral Bells
4,5,6,7,8,9
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Viola 'Black Magic'
Common Name: Violet-Tufted
4,5,6,7,8
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Geranium 'Tiny Monster'
Common Name: Geranium-Hardy
4,5,6,7,8
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History:

Hostas have gone by many names, including Funkia, Plantain Lily, Giboosi, and Hemerocallis.

While every effort has been made to describe this plant accurately, please keep in mind that the height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates throughout the country. The description of this plant was written based on our experience growing it in Michigan (USDA hardiness zone 5) and on numerous outside resources.