Common name:  Hosta Hosta Alligator Alley

Height: 18 Inches
Spread: 36 Inches
Scape Height: 28 Inches
Flower Color: White Shades
Foliage Color: Variegated
Hardiness Zone: 3,4,5,6,7,8,9
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?: Early summer
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
 
 

Aptly named, this medium to large sized hosta forms a coarsely textured mound of leathery, puckered, heart-shaped to round leaves of good substance.  

It is a wide-margined sport of the long-popular ‘Dick Ward’, which is named for one of the most accomplished Hosta breeders in the US.  Its leaves display wide, blue-green margins with chartreuse centers that become yellow in summer. 

Near-white flowers appear atop chartreuse scapes in early summer.

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.