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Hosta Brother Stefan

Hosta 'Brother Stefan'

Hosta 'Brother Stefan'

2 1/2-inch Pot
Item # 47964

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We aren't sure whether the tremendous appeal of this Olga Petryszyn introduction comes from the color changes, the large foliage size, the hold of the blooms, or the texture of the leaves, but whatever it is, 'Brother Stefan' has the ability to stop even jaded Hostaphiles in their tracks. We don't hesitate to say that it is a "must have" for any gardener who values the unique merits of Hosta.

The large, heart-shaped leaves unfurl in spring in tones of chartreuse with very waxy blue edges. Thick and nicely textured even at a young age, they change colors as spring turns to summer, the center becoming bright yellow to gold while the edges acquire some green tones in their rich blue. The lovely jagged interplay of the two colors makes each leaf distinctive, while the pronounced puckering and curling of the foliage lends the plant a puffy, very dense look. Sometimes it's hard to remember that this Hosta is just 20 inches high and 3 feet wide -- hardly among the largest! -- because it has such presence.

Before spring is out, small pale lavender blooms, nearly white, arrive in clusters set just above the foliage. This look is so much more appealing than the traditional bare stalks and spindly blooms of most other Hosta! The flowers are still nothing to write home about, but they do look rather nice set against the large, richly colored leaves.

'Brother Stefan' was introduced in 1998, bred from H. 'King Tut' x H. 'Mildred Seaver.' Ms. Petryszyn named it for her brother on his 50th birthday, and what a splendid gift it was! We are honored that she is sharing it with us. Highly, highly recommended. Zones 3-9.

Tips for gardening in particularly hot, dry climates:

1. Water with a drip system whenever possible – soak the bed slowly and thoroughly to a depth of 10" to 12".

2. Watering deeply every 3 to 5 days is preferable to a shallow daily watering.

3. Water in the early morning, so foliage has time to dry.

4. Add a 2- to 3-inch layer of mulch or similar material to aid in water retention and help keep the roots cool during hot weather.