Hosta 'American Hero' PP23587
  Common Name: Hosta
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Walters Gardens Exclusive Introduction
Photo Courtesy of Walters Gardens, Inc.

In support of military families across the US, we are proud to introduce the brand new Hosta ‘American Hero’ this year.  A portion of the proceeds ($.25) of each plant sold will be donated to Project EverGreen, a national non-profit organization and creator of the GreenCare for Troops program. 

The mission of the GreenCare program is to provide free lawn and landscape services to US military families at home while their loved ones serve in the Armed Forces.  This is one small burden that together we can bear during this difficult time.  The funds raised through the sale of Hosta ‘American Hero’ will go directly towards supporting the military families registered for the GreenCare for Troops program.  To date, 9,000 military families have been connected to 2,400 volunteers, and more volunteers are needed. 

To learn more, visit www.ProjectEvergreen.com

‘American Hero’ PPAF--Like the soldiers we are honoring, this is a tough, durable hosta that reliably displays strong, bold variegation all season long.  It is a sport of ‘Revolution’ with wider, dark green margins and a creamy white to pure white center speckled with green.  The thick leaves form a very dense clump, and as the plant matures they become somewhat twisted.  Lavender flowers top the clump 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: 2010

Breeder: Walters Gardens, Inc.

Introducer: Walters Gardens, Inc.

Parentage: Sport of 'Revolution'

Origin: Not Native to North America

Characteristics:



Height:
  12 Inches
Spread:
  22 Inches
Scape Height:
  16-20 Inches
Flower Color:
  Purple shades
Foliage Color:
  Variegated
Hardiness Zone:
3,4,5,6,7,8,9
Find Your Zone
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
Want to see wings?:
  Attracts hummingbirds
How fast should it grow?:
  Medium
When should it bloom?:
  Midsummer
How's your soil?:
  Average Soil
  Fertile Soil
Sweet or Sour Soil?:
  Acidic Soil (pH < 7.0)
  Neutral Soil (pH = 7.0)
What's your garden style?:
  Container/Patio
  Woodland/Shade
  Cottage
  Eclectic

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Size(s) Offered:

  Plugs: 20ct
  Plugs: 72ct

Attributes:

Border plants
Container
Cut flower or foliage
Mass Planting
Grown for attractive foliage
Easy to grow

Homeowner Growing & Maintenance Tips:

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.


Companions:

Common/Botanical Name
Zones  
Astilbe chinensis 'Vision in White' PP18965 CPBR4249
Common Name: Astilbe-Chinese
4,5,6,7,8,9
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Dicentra 'King of Hearts'
Common Name: Bleeding Heart-Fern-leaved
5,6,7,8,9
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Tiarella 'Sugar and Spice' PP16738 COPF
Common Name: Foamflower
4,5,6,7,8,9
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Geranium pratense 'Dark Reiter'
Common Name: Geranium-Hardy
4,5,6,7,8
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History:

Hostas have gone by many names, including Funkia, Plantain Lily, Giboosi, and Hemerocallis.

While every effort has been made to describe this plant accurately, please keep in mind that the height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates throughout the country. The description of this plant was written based on our experience growing it in Michigan (USDA hardiness zone 5) and on numerous outside resources.