Patriot Hosta

Hosta 'Patriot'

Family: Hosta

Type: Perennial

Other Common Name: Plantain Lily, Funkia

Patriot Hosta is a popular perennial known for its striking foliage. It features deep green leaves with bold, white margins that create a dramatic contrast.

This variety is celebrated for its lush, mounding habit and its ability to brighten shaded garden areas. It’s an excellent choice for adding texture and variegation to your landscape.

Patriot Hosta thrives in partial to full shade, making it perfect for underplanting beneath trees or in north-facing gardens. Hardy in zones 3-8, it is a resilient and versatile choice for many gardeners.

Needs & Preferences

Hardiness Zone: 2a-3a

Pet Friendly: Yes

Moisture Preference: Average to moist

Sun Needs: Partial shade to shade


Growth Rate: Medium

Average Height (feet): 2

Average Spread (feet): 3

Average Life Span (years): 10

Form: Over mound


Flower Color: Purple

Flower Shape: Bell

Bloom Season: In mid summer

Foliage Color: Green

Foliage Shape: Heart

Landscaping Your Yard With Patriot Hosta

Incorporating Patriot Hosta into your landscape design offers a stunning visual effect. Its variegated leaves provide a bright splash in shaded areas.

This hosta is ideal for creating eye-catching borders, as an accent in shaded garden beds, or in woodland gardens. Its distinctive foliage pairs beautifully with both flowering and non-flowering plants.

Despite its dramatic appearance, Patriot Hosta is low maintenance. It’s an excellent choice for gardeners who want to create a high-impact garden with minimal effort.


Suitable Garden Styles

Formal Garden

In a formal garden, Patriot Hosta adds elegance and a sense of structure. Its symmetrical leaf pattern is perfect for creating a balanced, manicured look.

Cottage Garden

For a cottage garden, this hosta brings a touch of sophistication. Its variegated leaves complement the informal, densely planted style of these charming gardens.

Shade Garden

In a shade garden, Patriot Hosta is a standout. Its bright leaf margins light up darker areas, making it a valuable addition to any shaded garden space.

Patriot Hosta Landscaping Ideas

Use it to line pathways or garden walkways. Its striking foliage guides visitors through the garden with a beautiful, natural border.

Plant it in clusters for a bold, lush display. Grouping several Patriot Hostas together creates a sea of green and white that is visually captivating.

Combine it with other shade-loving perennials. Its variegated leaves contrast well with solid green foliage or the delicate blooms of shade-tolerant flowers.

Seasonal Interest


In spring, Patriot Hosta begins to emerge from dormancy. The fresh leaves unfurl, bringing new life and color to the garden.


During summer, it reaches its full size and may produce lavender flowers. The plant maintains its vivid colors, providing a cooling effect in the landscape.


In the fall, the leaves of Patriot Hosta start to fade. The plant prepares for dormancy, but its foliage remains attractive until frost.


In winter, Patriot Hosta goes dormant. While not visible above ground, it's resting and recharging for another season of lush growth.

Planting Tips

Where to Plant

Patriot Hosta is best suited for areas with partial to full shade. Ideal locations include beneath tree canopies, on the north side of structures, or in any spot that avoids harsh afternoon sun.


This hosta variety thrives in partial to full shade, benefiting from some morning sun. Excessive direct sunlight can scorch its leaves and fade the variegation.


Patriot Hosta prefers well-draining, nutrient-rich soil with a slightly acidic to neutral pH. Adding organic matter can enhance soil conditions and promote healthier growth.


Space Patriot Hostas about 24 to 30 inches apart. This spacing allows for proper growth and air circulation, reducing the risk of fungal diseases.

When to Plant

The optimal time for planting is in the spring or early fall. Cooler temperatures during these periods allow the plants to establish roots without the stress of extreme heat or cold.

How to Plant

Dig a hole slightly deeper and wider than the root ball. Place the hosta in the hole, fill with soil, and water thoroughly. The crown should be level with the soil surface.

Plant Care Tips


Water regularly, especially in the first growing season, to establish a deep root system. Patriot Hostas prefer consistently moist soil but can tolerate some drought once established.


Fertilize in early spring with a balanced, slow-release fertilizer to promote healthy foliage and growth.


Minimal pruning is required. Remove any dead or damaged leaves as needed to maintain the plant’s appearance.

By Season


Spring Care

Remove any debris around the plant in spring and apply a layer of mulch. Begin regular watering and fertilizing as new growth appears.

Summer Care

Continue regular watering during summer, especially in dry spells. Monitor for pests and diseases, treating as necessary.

Fall Care

Reduce watering as the plant begins to go dormant. Clean up any fallen leaves to prevent fungal growth.

Winter Care

Patriot Hosta is dormant in winter. Ensure it's well-mulched to protect the roots from freezing temperatures.


How Big Does Patriot Hosta Grow?

Patriot Hosta typically reaches about 18 inches in height and can spread up to 36 inches, forming a substantial clump.

Is Patriot Hosta Deer Resistant?

Like most hostas, Patriot Hosta is not deer resistant. It may require protection in areas with high deer activity.

Can It Grow in Full Sun?

Patriot Hosta is not suited for full sun and performs best in shade. Full sun exposure can lead to leaf burn and loss of variegation.

Products That Feature This Plant

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