Forbidden Fruit Hosta
Hosta 'Forbidden Fruit'
Forbidden Fruit Hosta foliage
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Plant Height: 18 inches
Flower Height: 24 inches
Spacing: 24 inches
Hardiness Zone: 3a
Other Names: Plantain Lily, Funkia
An attractive creamy yellow leaf center with a hint of orange, and wide, irregular blue-green margins; leaves are well rounded with good substance; presents spikes of lavender flowers in mid-summer
Forbidden Fruit Hosta features showy spikes of lavender tubular flowers rising above the foliage in mid summer. Its attractive heart-shaped leaves emerge chartreuse in spring, turning yellow in color with distinctive bluish-green edges and tinges of orange throughout the season. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.
Forbidden Fruit Hosta is an 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;
Forbidden Fruit Hosta is recommended for the following landscape applications;
- Mass Planting
- Border Edging
- General Garden Use
Planting & Growing
Forbidden Fruit Hosta will grow to be about 18 inches tall at maturity extending to 24 inches tall with the flowers, with a spread of 30 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 24 inches apart. Its foliage tends to remain dense right to the ground, not requiring facer plants in front. It grows at a medium 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.