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St. Elmo's Fire Hosta

Hosta 'St. Elmo's Fire'

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St. Elmo's Fire Hosta (Hosta 'St. Elmo's Fire') at Oakland Nurseries Inc

St. Elmo's Fire Hosta foliage

St. Elmo's Fire Hosta foliage

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St. Elmo's Fire Hosta (Hosta 'St. Elmo's Fire') at Oakland Nurseries Inc

St. Elmo's Fire Hosta

St. Elmo's Fire Hosta

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Plant Height:  10 inches

Flower Height:  18 inches

Spacing:  20 inches

Sunlight:  partial shade  full shade 

Hardiness Zone:  2a

Other Names:  Plantain Lily, Funkia


An interesting variety perfect for summer borders, beds and containers; leaves emerge with buttery yellow centers, turning to golden with white margins; a constant color display with contrasting new and mature leaves; lavender flowers in midsummer

Ornamental Features

St. Elmo's Fire Hosta features dainty spikes of lavender tubular flowers rising above the foliage in mid summer. Its attractive textured oval leaves emerge buttery yellow in spring, turning gold in color with showy creamy white variegation throughout the season.

Landscape Attributes

St. Elmo's Fire Hosta is a dense herbaceous perennial with tall flower stalks held atop a low mound of foliage. Its medium texture blends into the garden, but can always be balanced by a couple of finer or coarser plants for an effective composition.

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

St. Elmo's Fire Hosta is recommended for the following landscape applications;

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

Planting & Growing

St. Elmo's Fire Hosta will grow to be about 10 inches tall at maturity extending to 18 inches tall with the flowers, with a spread of 24 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 20 inches apart. Its foliage tends to remain low and dense right to the ground. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years. As an herbaceous perennial, this plant will usually die back to the crown each winter, and will regrow from the base each spring. Be careful not to disturb the crown in late winter when it may not be readily seen!

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
Massing  Edging  Garden  Groundcover 
Flowers  Foliage Color  Plant Form 
Ornamental Features
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