Virtues: Staying true to its name, ‘Victory’ hosta has been named Hosta of the Year for 2015 by the Hosta Growers Association. We love ‘Victory’ hosta for its large size, tall flowering stalks and variegated leaves.
Common name: ‘Victory’ hosta
Botanical name: Hosta ‘Victory’
Flowers: Pale lavender flowers appear on leaning stalks in early to midsummer. The flower stalks can be five feet tall. Hosta flowers attract hummingbirds.
Foliage: Young leaves emerge in spring with yellow edges; as the leaves increase in size and maturity over the summer their edges fade to a lighter yellow or cream shade.
Habit: ‘Victory’ hosta is an herbaceous perennial growing in a mounded rosette shape to three feet tall and four feet wide. It can take several years before ‘Victory’ hosta reaches its full potential in size.
Season: Spring to fall for foliage, with early to midsummer flowers a bonus.
How to grow ‘Victory’ hosta: Plant in part to full shade, in average to fertile soil with good drainage. Provide ‘Victory’ hosta with consistent, moderate water for best growth, although like other hostas it can tolerate dry periods once it is established. ‘Victory’ hosta can be divided in spring or fall. USDA Zones 3–9.
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