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Ben Vernooji Hosta

Hosta 'Ben Vernooji'

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Ben Vernooji Hosta (Hosta 'Ben Vernooji') at Van Atta's Greenhouse

Ben Vernooji Hosta foliage

Ben Vernooji Hosta foliage

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Plant Height:  14 inches

Flower Height:  20 inches

Spacing:  12 inches

Sunlight:  partial shade  full shade 

Hardiness Zone:  3

Other Names:  Plantain Lily, Funkia

Description:

This bold variety has powdery blue-green leaves with striking bright yellow margins; provides beautiful texture and contrast to other plants; spikes of lavender flowers in mid-summer; great for containers

Ornamental Features

Ben Vernooji Hosta features dainty spikes of lavender tubular flowers rising above the foliage in mid summer. Its attractive textured heart-shaped leaves remain powder blue in color with distinctive yellow edges and tinges of bluish-green throughout the season. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Ben Vernooji Hosta is a dense herbaceous perennial with tall flower stalks held atop a low mound of foliage. Its relatively coarse texture can be used to stand it apart from other garden plants with finer foliage.

This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and is best cleaned up in early spring before it resumes active growth for the season. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

  • Insects

Ben Vernooji Hosta is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • Border Edging
  • General Garden Use
  • Groundcover
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Ben Vernooji Hosta will grow to be about 14 inches tall at maturity extending to 20 inches tall with the flowers, with a spread of 14 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 12 inches apart. Its foliage tends to remain dense right to the ground, not requiring facer plants in front. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years.

This plant does best in partial shade to shade. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid. It can be propagated by division; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.

Ben Vernooji Hosta is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. With its upright habit of growth, it is best suited for use as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the center of the pot, surrounded by smaller plants and those that spill over the edges. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Massing  Edging  Garden  Groundcover  Container 
Applications
Flowers  Foliage Color  Texture  Plant Form 
Ornamental Features