'Ghost Spirit' a Surprising Perennial
May 23, 2009
Allan in Hosta Ghost Spirit, Perennial Plants, hosta, perennial, shade plants

One of the challenges of writing a gardening blog is to find the most appropriate picture to illustrate a topic. I have not been very successful at finding a suitable image for this entry. You will have to examine  the picture very closely to see the subtle swirling leaf variegation that caught my eye. I have deliberately oversized this image so that you might get a better look.

I first spotted Hosta Ghost Spirit in the check-out basket of a customer in line behind me at the nursery. I left the line in order to add this plant to my basket and several other customers did the same. There can be no better recommendation than that.

I purchased this plant because its leaves remind me of what happens when a baker pours chocolate batter into vanilla batter and begins to blend the two. About three quarters of the way through the process, the dark and light colored batters create misty marbling. They are not quite chocolate yet and certainly no longer vanilla. That is the best way to describe the beautiful swirling pattern that occurs on this Hosta leaf in misty blue-green and cream. I will plant it in my garden to see how it performs before including it in my repertoire of favorite perennials.

My research tells me that the leaf of this Hosta starts out white and marbles as it matures. If grown in sun, the variegation will disappear and turn to misty green. To maintain the subtle variegation, this plant needs to grow in shade.

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