- Herbaceous perennial
- USDA hardiness zones:
ëGhost Spirit is a sport of H. ëValentine Lace. It is a medium to large hosta that typically grows in a mound to 14-20î tall. Oval leaves (to 8î long) with cuspidate tips and heart-shaped bases emerge in spring. New leaves have white centers and wide blue-green margins, but as they mature, the white centers develop creamy white/green misting and streaking that remains attractive throughout the growing season. Foliage mound will typically spread to 30-36î wide over time. Funnel-shaped lavender flowers appear in early summer on dark scapes rising above the foliage mound to 26î tall. C. Isaacs 1999.
- Part shade to full shade
Easily grown in average, medium moisture, well-drained soils in part shade to full shade. Tolerant of a wide range of soil conditions. Does best in rich, moist, organic soils in light, sun-dappled shade to dense shade. Plants need consistent moisture during the growing season. Water is best applied directly to the soil beneath the leaves. Young leaves have the most distinctive variegation which mists over as the leaves age. 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 3.0 feet
Bloom / flowers:
- June - July
Lavender, Colored leaves, Showy flowers, and Humming birds
Hostas are a mainstay of shade gardens. This hosta can be mixed with other perennials in shady borders, shade gardens or woodland gardens, or used as an edging plant. Mass for a showy ground cover.
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.