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Fat Cat Hosta

Hosta 'Fat Cat'

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Fat Cat Hosta (Hosta 'Fat Cat') at Ashcombe Farm & Greenhouses

Hosta 'Fat Cat' foliage

Hosta 'Fat Cat' foliage

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Plant Height:  22 inches

Flower Height:  30 inches

Spacing:  4 feet

Sunlight:  partial shade  full shade 

Hardiness Zone:  3a

Other Names:  Plantain Lily, Funkia

Description:

This extraordinary hosta has graceful large rounded leaves of gold that are corrugated; provides beautiful texture and contrast to other plants; lavender spikes of flowers in mid-summer on tall 30 inch scapes

Ornamental Features

Fat Cat Hosta features dainty spikes of lavender tubular flowers rising above the foliage in mid summer. Its attractive large textured oval leaves emerge chartreuse in spring, turning gold in color throughout the season. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Fat Cat Hosta is a dense herbaceous perennial with tall flower stalks held atop a low mound of foliage. Its relatively coarse texture can be used to stand it apart from other garden plants with finer foliage.

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;

  • Insects

Fat Cat Hosta is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • Border Edging
  • General Garden Use
  • Groundcover

Planting & Growing

Fat Cat Hosta will grow to be about 22 inches tall at maturity extending to 30 inches tall with the flowers, with a spread of 4 feet. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 4 feet apart. Its foliage tends to remain dense right to the ground, not requiring facer plants in front. It grows at a slow 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.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Massing  Edging  Garden  Groundcover 
Applications
Flowers  Foliage Color  Texture  Plant Form 
Ornamental Features