Hosta ‘Red October’


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Outstanding Qualities

An unusual hosta with red leaf stems holding a soft gray-green leaf with a whitish underside to the foliage. It grows as an open mound allowing you to peek inside to see the deeply colored stems. It smaller size and slow growth make it great for containers. In late summer to early fall graceful flower stems hold light purple funnel shaped blooms.

Quick Facts

Plant Type: mounding perennial

Foliage Type: deciduous

Plant Height: 1 ft. 0 in. (0.30 meters)

Plant Width/Spread: 1 ft. 6 in. (0.46 meters)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 3 to 9

Flower Color: lavender

Sun/Light Exposure: light to open shade

Water Requirements: regular watering

Seasonal Interest: The rich red leaf stems are colorful from late spring to early fall. In late summer to early fall light purple flowers are held on stems well above the foliage.

Wildlife Associations: bees, hummingbirds

Colors & Combos

Great Plant Combinations: Arisaema candidissimum, Asplenium scolopendrium, Actaea pachypoda, Cardamine trifoliata, Ilex crenata ‘Dwarf Pagoda’

Great Color Contrasts: burgundy, y ellow

Great Color Partners: cream, lavender, red

Culture Notes
Hostas prefer a location in light to open shade. Sites with hot sun should be avoided. Plant it in a location with rich moist to well-drained soils. Most hosts will tolerate sandy sites as well as clay. During dry weather provide regular watering, especially in sandy soils. Flowers can be removed once the blooms have faded and the foliage can be cut to the ground in fall.