- Herbaceous perennial
- USDA hardiness zones:
Chinese Sunrise is a small-medium hosta that grows in a dense mound to 11\ tall and to 18\" wide. Glossy, lanceolate, prominently-veined, chartreuse-yellow leaves (to 6\" long and 3\" wide) have narrow green margins. Leaves typically age to green by summer. Leaves have undulate edges and an acute tip. Bell-shaped, light purple flowers appear in clusters in late summer on leafy scapes rising to 28\" tall. Some experts believe this plant is a yellow-leaved cathayana sport (H. cathayana 'Nakafu'). Schaeffer & Summers & Ruh 1992."
- Part shade to full shade
Easily grown in average, medium moisture, well-drained soils in part shade to full shade. One of the first hostas to emerge in spring. Morning sun plus bright shade in spring helps retard the loss of yellow foliage color. Plants are tolerant of a wide range of soil conditions. Plants perform best in rich, moist, organic soils. Plants need consistent moisture during the growing season. Water is best applied directly to the soil beneath the leaves. Divide plants as needed in spring or autumn. Division is usually easiest in early spring before the leaves unfurl.
Size and growth:
- 1.0 to 2.0 feet
- 1.0 to 1.5 feet
Bloom / flowers:
- August - September
- Light purple
Colored leaves, Showy flowers, Humming birds, and Purple
Hostas are a mainstay of shade gardens. This hosta is an excellent selection for use as an edger or ground cover. It is effective in groups or massed. It can be mixed with other perennials in shady borders, shade gardens or woodland gardens. Effective in large containers.
Slugs and snails are attracted to the foliage, chewing jagged holes in the leaves, and if left unchecked, can cause serious damage over a fairly short period of time. Leaf spots and crown rot are less frequent problems. Otherwise, hostas are virtually pest-free and are considered ideal low-maintenance garden perennials. Leaves, particularly of exposed plants, can be severely damaged by hail storms.