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Hosta 'Wide Brim'

Hosta 'Wide Brim'

Description: A vigorously growing form which is popular for its large heart shaped leaves of green each with an irregular margin of creamy white.  soft lavender flowers in tall stems in summer. A well established variety.

Uses: This vigorous form is ideal for the larger landscaped areas when mass planted and tolerant of urban pollution  Also suited to garden use in beds and borders or containers. Good used as ground cover or specimen plants near waterside in shade and also suited to half sun. 

Climate/Position: A shade lover but more tolerant of sun than sometimes noted growing best with full morning sun but certainly avoid afternoon sun to ensure leaf margins are not scorched in the summer.

Height/Spread: Forms a dense mat of leaves to 50cm spread 100 cm, flower spikes taller.

Soil Requirements: Grow in moist or even wet but well-drained, fertile soil, however, also tolerates dry shade and drought.

Pruning: No pruning but tidy as leaves die back in autumn.

Special Requirements: A summer mulch is beneficial on dryer soils. Some slug control is beneficial on heavier and wet soils or the use of containers helps reduce potential leaf damage.

Additional Interest: Hostas were introduced by Austrian botanist Nicholas Host (1761-1834) and this was a sport off Hosta fortunei introduced in 1887.