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Whirlwind

Hosta

Foliage with Flair

The center of the leaf emerges white but slowly turns lime-green to all green by mid-summer. Growth habit is very unique with leaves that point upright and are slightly curved and twisting. Thick leaves resist slug damage. 

Best Variegated Hosta in a Garden Award - American Hosta Society, 1992 

Hosta x 'Whirlwind'

Amazing foliage color and twisting foliage looks like a whirlwind

Attractive dense mounds.

Leaf center changes from creamy white in spring, to light green by midsummer to dark rich green in late summer. 

Heart shaped, twisted and pointed leaves

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Whirlwind

Plant Profile

Plant Type
Herbaceous Perennial
Light
Part Shade to Full Shade
Average Height
18"
Average Width
3'
Average Spacing
2-3' apart
Hardiness Zone
Zones 3 - 9
Plant Habit
Dense, mounding habit
Foliage Description
Unique leaves with white centers that mature to lime green and then to all green
Flowers
Pale lavender flower in mid-summer on 20" scapes
More Info
See Features & Uses and General Maintenance above
Whirlwind

See Features & Uses

Features:

  • Low Maintenance / Easy to care for
  • Excellent foliage color
  • Attracts hummingbirds 
     

Uses:

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

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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