Hosta ‘Patriot’

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Outstanding Qualities

‘Patriot’ is one of the most popular and striking hostas of all time. The gleaming white leaf edges and rich green centers cannot be matched. Not only is the variegated foliage fantastic, but the new buds poking out in the spring are a bright purple. The only hosta close to ‘Patriot’ is its sister ‘Minuteman’. ‘Minuteman’ has darker green leaf centers and a brighter white edge. ‘Patriot’ is a vigorous grower, but will take a few years to become a nice full clump. In late summer short stems of lavender flowers dance just above the foliage.

Quick Facts

Plant Type: mounding perennial

Foliage Type: deciduous

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

Plant Width/Spread: 2 ft. 0 in. (0.61 meters)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 3 to 9

Flower Color: lavender

Sun/Light Exposure: full sun, light to open shade

Water Requirements: regular watering

Seasonal Interest: The foliage is striking from late spring through early fall. The lavender flowers are showy in summer.

Wildlife Associations: bees, hummingbirds

Colors & Combos

Great Plant Combinations: Pieris japonica ‘Variegata’, Cornus kousa var. chinensis ‘Milky way’, Astrantia major, Chamaecyparis obtusa ‘Gracilis’

Great Color Contrasts: bronze, burgundy, purple

Great Color Partners: lavender, white

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