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Hosta 'Irish Luck'

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Photo Courtesy of Walters Gardens, Inc.
 Common Name: Hosta

Even beginners won’t need luck to grow this vigorous beauty! 

What makes it so distinct is the incredibly shiny finish on the leaves, like a glossy lacquer painted on each leaf.   They are very dark green with pie crust rippled margins, deep veining, and good substance. 

This hosta grows quickly to form an upright vase-shaped clump in the landscape.  Due to its H. plantaginea parentage, it exhibits some sun tolerance and produces sweetly fragrant, lavender flowers well above the foliage in late summer.

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.

Breeder: LaLonde

Parentage: Seedling of 'Invincible'

Origin: Not Native to North America

Characteristics:



Height:
  18 Inches
Spread:
  36 Inches
Scape Height:
  45 Inches
Flower Color:
  Purple shades
Foliage Color:
  Green shades
Hardiness Zone:
3,4,5,6,7,8,9
Find Your Zone
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?:
  Late summer
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?:
  Container/Patio
  Woodland/Shade
  Cottage
  Eclectic

Attributes:

Border plants
Container
Cut flower or foliage
Fragrant flowers or foliage
Grown for attractive foliage
Easy to grow

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.

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  
Hakonechloa macra 'All Gold'
Common Name: Grass-Ornamental
5,6,7,8,9
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Tiarella 'Crow Feather' PP12335 COPF
Common Name: Foamflower
4,5,6,7,8,9
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Dicentra 'King of Hearts'
Common Name: Bleeding Heart-Fern-leaved
5,6,7,8,9
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Geranium 'Sweet Heidy' PP19533
Common Name: Geranium-Hardy
5,6,7,8
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Astilbe chinensis 'Vision in White' PP18965 CPBR4249
Common Name: Astilbe-Chinese
4,5,6,7,8,9
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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.