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Guacamole

Hosta

Foliage with flair

Wide, oval, apple green/chartreuse gold leaves with darker bluish-green margins and streaks. Interesting ribbed foliage. Fragrant white lily-like flowers on tall scapes in summer. Attracts hummingbirds and butterflies. 
 

Hosta of the Year 2002 by the American Hosta Growers.

Hosta ‘Guacamole’

Golden avocado leaves

Bright two toned leaves glow in shady areas

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Guacamole

Plant Profile

Plant Type
Herbaceous Perennial
Light
Part Shade to Full Shade
Average Height
12 - 18"
Average Width
2 - 4'
Average Spacing
2' apart
Hardiness Zone
Zones 3 - 9
Plant Habit
Dense, mounding habit
Foliage Description
Huge bright avocado green leaves with blue green edges and streaks.
Flowers
Pale lavender flowers have soft fragrance in mid-late summer. Tall scapes up to 3' high
More Info
See Features & Uses and General Maintenance above
Guacamole

Features & Uses

Features:

  • More sun brightens leave centers.
  • Able to withstand more direct sun than other hostas.
  • Low Maintenance / Easy to care for
  • Excellent foliage color
  • Attracts both hummingbirds and songbirds

 

Uses:

  • Containers
  • Mass Planting
  • Borders
  • Woodland Gardens
  • Shade Gardens
Guacamole

General Maintenance

Maintenance:

  • For a neat apperance, remove old foliage in early winter when plants are fully dormant and before new leaves emerge.
  • Divide clumps every 2 to 3 years in early spring. 
     

Watering & Soil:

  • Best with regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat
  • Provide enriched, slightly acidic, evenly moist soil. 
     

Fertilizing:

  • If a soil test indicates deficient nutrients, fertilize by applying general purpose fertilizer in spring as the leaves emerge and once more before flowering. Keep fertilizer granules off leaves to avoid burn.

Tips:

  • Water deeply and regularly during the first growing season to establish roots.
  • Very effective in groups or massed. 

Development Story

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. Hostas also grow well in city environments where the air may be polluted by car exhaust, etc.

Development Story
Care & Planting

Care & Planting

Maintenance:

  • For a neat apperance, remove old foliage in early winter
    when plants are fully dormant 
  • Divide clumps every 2 to 3 years in early spring. 
     

Watering & Soil:

  • Best with regular watering - weekly, or more often in
    extreme heat.
  • Provide enriched, slightly acidic, evenly moist soil. 
  • Water deeply and regularly during the first growing
    season to establish roots.
     

See more info under General maintenance above

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