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Thumbelina Hosta

Hosta 'Thumbelina'

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Thumbelina Hosta (Hosta 'Thumbelina') at Parkland Garden Centre

Thumbelina Hosta

Thumbelina Hosta

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Thumbelina Hosta (Hosta 'Thumbelina') at Parkland Garden Centre

Thumbelina Hosta foliage

Thumbelina Hosta foliage

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Plant Height:  4 inches

Flower Height:  10 inches

Spacing:  10 inches

Sunlight:  partial shade  full shade 

Hardiness Zone:  2

Other Names:  Plantain Lily, Funkia

Description:

Cute miniature hosta has green leaves with cream variegation; provides beautiful texture and contrast to other plants; lavender spikes of flowers in mid-summer

Ornamental Features

Thumbelina Hosta features dainty spikes of lavender tubular flowers rising above the foliage in mid summer. Its attractive tiny textured oval leaves remain forest green in colour with showy creamy white variegation throughout the season. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Thumbelina Hosta is a dense herbaceous perennial with tall flower stalks held atop a low mound of foliage. It brings an extremely fine and delicate texture to the garden composition and should be used to full effect.

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

Thumbelina Hosta is recommended for the following landscape applications;

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

Planting & Growing

Thumbelina Hosta will grow to be only 4 inches tall at maturity extending to 10 inches tall with the flowers, with a spread of 12 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 10 inches apart. Its foliage tends to remain low and dense right to the ground. 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.

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