Hosta 'Ivory Queen' PPAF
Photo Courtesy of Walters Gardens, Inc.
This classy looking hosta is a sport of the popular Hosta ‘Blue Ivory’ but with reverse pattern variegation.
Surely fit for royalty, this queen of the shade garden forms a majestic mound of cream to near-white leaves with broad, long lasting blue-green margins and a dash of green jetting between the two. The leaves are nice and thick, making them less attractive to slugs.
Pale lavender flowers top the whitish green scapes just above the foliage 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: 2013
Breeder: Walters Gardens, Inc.
Introducer: Walters Gardens, Inc.
Parentage: Sport of 'Blue Ivory'
Origin: Not Native to North America
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
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How's your soil?:
Sweet or Sour Soil?:
Acidic Soil (pH < 7.0)
Neutral Soil (pH = 7.0)
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It is important for growers to note that this plant requires vernalization to show its proper coloring. Fresh non-vernalized plugs will be nearly solid blue-green with very faint variegation patterns. You’ll want to either purchase vernalized plugs in early spring or vernalize them yourself before putting them up for sale.
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.
Hostas have gone by many names, including Funkia, Plantain Lily, Giboosi, and Hemerocallis.