Great Expectations Hosta

Hosta 'Great Expectations'

Among the most popular perennial for shaded areas these plants form a sturdy mound of foliage, topped with lily-like blooms. This admirable selection features blue leaves with a bold golden center that lightens to a creamy white. Foliage is cupped with the ability to hold water. Stalks of near white flowers rise above in June.

TYPE Perennial SUN Full Sun to Part Shade
HEIGHT 2 ft SOIL Moist Well Drained
SPREAD 3 ft FLOWER Summer, White
ZONE 2 FRUIT Edible Foliage, No Fruit
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Latin Name: Hosta 'Great Expectations'

Growth Rate:

Slow growth rate


Mounds of heavily textured and deeply cupped foilage


Rabbit resistant


Used as a border plant, a groundcover or in a mass planting


Very slug resistant


Great for planting in containers

Ornamental Features:

Blooms in summer


Plant in a full sun to part shade location


Requires average moist, well-drained conditions


Low maintenance


Plants go dormant in fall - dying foliage can be removed any time before mid-spring.

Clump Division:

May be divided in spring or fall, but can be left alone for years.

Edible/Medicinal Uses:

Hosta shoots, leaves and flowers are all edible. May be eaten raw or cooked. Best taste from younger leaves, picked in the morning when moisture content is highest. Best part is the 'hoston' which is the rolled up leaf as it emerges in spring


DISCLAIMER: The information presented here regarding edible/herbal/medicinal uses is for informational purposes only. Always consult a physician or other qualified health professional prior to ingesting any plant not sold expressly for its edibility

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