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Hosta ‘Guacamole’ (Plantain Lily)

Plantain Lily 'Guacamole', 'Guacamole' Hosta

AGM Award
Hosta Guacamole, Variegated Plantain lily, Plantain Lily 'Guacamole', Shade perennials, Plants for shade
Hosta Guacamole, Variegated Plantain lily, Plantain Lily 'Guacamole', Shade perennials, Plants for shade

Noted for its highly fragrant flowers and leaf texture that improves with age, Hosta ‘Guacamole’ (Plantain Lily) adds drama in the shade garden. It forms an overlapping mound of slightly convex, widely oval, chartreuse-gold leaves, 11 in. long (27 cm), with irregular dark green margins. Glossy above and thinly glaucous below, the leaves are adorned with chartreuse streaks jetting towards their center. Huge funnel-shaped, fragrant white blooms appear in summer, rising on scapes 36 in. long (90 cm). A very eye-catching hosta for specimen planting, ‘Guacamole’ is also suitable for planting in mixed containers.

  • Recipient of multiple awards, including the prestigious Award of Garden Merit of the Royal Horticultural Society and the American Hosta Growers 2002 Hosta of the Year award.
  • Easy grower, Hosta ‘Guacamole’ grows 24 in. tall (60 cm) and spreads over time to 51 in. (127 cm).
  • Performs best in sun, part shade to full shade in fertile, moist, well-drained soils. Site in full sun all day in cooler climates, elsewhere in morning sun only. Shelter from cold, dry winds.
  • Perfect for the shade garden, mixed with other perennials in bed and borders, city gardens, cottage gardens or containers
  • Watch for slugs and snails which could damage the attractive foliage.
  • Cut off the stems after blooming to encourage the plant’s growth. Discolored leaves should be trimmed back to the ground.
  • Propagate by division in early spring or late summer.
  • Toxic to dogs, toxic to cats, toxic to horses.

Requirements

Hardiness 3 - 8
Heat Zones 1 - 8
Climate Zones 1, 1A, 1B, 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Asparagaceae
Genus Hosta
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun, Shade
Season of Interest Spring (Mid, Late)
Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Fall
Height 1' - 2'
(30cm - 60cm)
Spread 4' - 5'
(120cm - 150cm)
Spacing 48" (120cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Average
Soil Type Clay, Loam
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Fragrant, Plant of Merit, Showy
Tolerance Full Shade
Attracts Hummingbirds
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Patio And Containers, Wall-Side Borders
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Informal and Cottage, Traditional Garden
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Alternative Plants to Consider

Hosta Fragrant Bouquet, Plantain Lily Fragrant Bouquet, 'Fragrant Bouquet Hosta, Fragrant Hosta, Shade perennials, Plants for shadeAGM Award
Hosta Abiqua Drinking Gourd, Plantain Lily Abiqua Drinking Gourd, 'Abiqua Drinking Gourd Hosta, Blue Hosta, Shade perennials, Plants for shadeAGM Award
Hosta Silver Bullet, Silver Bullet Hosta, Plantain Lily 'Silver Bullet', Blue Hosta, Shade perennials, Plants for shade
Hosta Blueberry Muffin, Plantain Lily Blueberry Muffin, Blueberry Muffin Hosta', Blue Hosta, Shade perennials, Plants for shade
Hosta Warwick Comet, Warwick Comet Hosta, Variegated Plantain lily, Plantain Lily Warwick Comet, Shade perennials, Plants for shade
Hosta White Feather, White Feather Hosta, White Hosta, White Plantain lily, Plantain Lily White Feather, Shade perennials, Plants for shade

Recommended Companion Plants

Hakonechloa Macra Aureola, Hakone Grass 'Aureola', Japanese Forest Grass 'Aureola', Shade grasses, Aureola Grass, part shade grass, full shade grass, Japanese grass, Golden Japanese Forest GrassAGM Award
Matteuccia Struthiopteris (Ostrich Fern), Ostrich Fern, Ostrich-Feather Fern, Shuttlecock Fern, Shade plants, shade perennial, plants for shade, plants for wet soilsAGM Award
Hydrangea Macrophylla 'Madame Emile Mouillere', Hydrangea Madame Emile Mouillere, Bigleaf Hydrangea Madame Emile Mouillere, Mophead Hydrangea Madame Emile Mouillere, white hydrangeaAGM Award
While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.
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Requirements

Hardiness 3 - 8
Heat Zones 1 - 8
Climate Zones 1, 1A, 1B, 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Asparagaceae
Genus Hosta
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun, Shade
Season of Interest Spring (Mid, Late)
Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Fall
Height 1' - 2'
(30cm - 60cm)
Spread 4' - 5'
(120cm - 150cm)
Spacing 48" (120cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Average
Soil Type Clay, Loam
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Fragrant, Plant of Merit, Showy
Tolerance Full Shade
Attracts Hummingbirds
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Patio And Containers, Wall-Side Borders
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Informal and Cottage, Traditional Garden
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