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What's My Zone?Perennial
Cultivar Notes - 'Lakeside™ Elfin Fire'
A smaller Hosta with narrow, showy leaves that are white with green speckling in the center and dark green edges. The bases of the petioles are red. Purple flowers.
Series Notes - Lakeside™
'Lakeside' hostas were introduced by retired hybridizer Mary Chastain. Mary began hybridizing in the 1980s at her Lakeside Acres nursery in Ooltewah, Tennessee. Her 'Lakeside' series includes over 180 named cultivars. Mary retired from hybridizing and Rob Canning bought all of Mary's stock and moved it to his home in Fenton, Michigan.
Genus Notes - Hosta
Hosta, part of the Lily family, has numerous recognized species, virtually all native to Japan. The currently used name was introduced in 1812, in honor of a royal physician, Nicholaus Thomas Host (1761-1834).
The post-World War II gardening world has witnessed an astonishing explosion of interest in these treasured plants. And new species of Hosta are still being found. A 1985 plant-hunting expedition to the remotest regions of the Japanese archipelago uncovered two previously unknown species.
With their extraordinary hardiness and affinity for cool, shady haunts, Hostas offer ornamental foliage in silvery-blue, yellow-green, and rich green; all manner of variegation, and a wide variety of leaf sizes and shapes.
Hostas are exceedingly popular perennials in today's gardens due to their versatility in the landscape. Their subtle colors, tall flower scapes, and broad, coarse leaves fill a niche in garden designs that few other plants can achieve.