Hosta 'First Blush' Plantain Lily

A Cold Hardy, Red-Leafed Plantain Lily
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Features to Note


3 - 9

Mature Height

14 IN

Mature Width

2.3 Feet

Light Requirements

Part Shade

Moisture Requirements

Moist, well-drained

Soil Tolerance


Zone Compatibility

This Variety's Zone Range
3 - 9
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The USDA hardiness zones offer a guide to varieties that will grow well in certain climates. Each zone corresponds to the minimum winter temperatures experienced in a given area. Make sure that your hardiness zone lies within the zone compatibility range of this variety before ordering.


A medium-sized, red-leafed variety, Hosta 'First Blush' is an herbaceous rhizomatous perennial offering 3 seasons of interest. Grown for its dramatic ornamental foliage, Hosta 'First Blush' has broad, heart-shaped, bright green leaves with thin red margins and red petioles that extend into the leaf blade. The leaves emerge yellowish green in spring with a strong rosy blush between the veins, which remains until late summer heat. Funnel-shaped purple-pink flowers, borne on long purplish red scapes, bloom midsummer, attracting butterflies and hummingbirds. The flowers make nice additions to floral arrangements.

A Hosta hybrid, commonly called hosta or plantain lily, Hosta 'First Blush' has a compact, symmetrical, mounding habit and a fast growth rate. Hosta is a highly versatile plant, shown to best effect when grouped or massed in beds and borders. But it also makes a lovely specimen or container plant as well as nice edging.

Cold hardy, easy to grow, low maintenance, and very adaptable, Hosta 'First Blush' grows best in dappled to full shade locations with rich, moist, well-draining soil having an acidic to neutral pH, but it tolerates a wide range of soils. Plants should not be allowed to dry out.

Hosta 'First Blush', the first red-leaf hosta, was hybridized in Chapel Hill NC.


Item Form: Bareroot
Genus: Hosta
Species: hybrid
Variety: 'First Blush'
Category: Perennials
Habit: Mound-shaped
USDA Zone Low: 3
USDA Zone High: 9
Clematis Pruning Groups: Group 3
Bloom Color: Multi-Color, Purple
Max Bloom Size: 18.000000
Bloom Season Start: Early Summer
Bloom Season End: Early Summer
Foliage Color: Light Green, Purple, Red
Harvest Season: Early Fall, Late Fall, Mid Fall, Mid Summer
Characteristics: Easy Care Plants, Flower, Hummingbird Lovers
Uses: Beds, Border, Containers, Foliage Interest
Zone: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
State Shipping Restrictions: GU, PR, VI
Shipping Method Restrictions: none
Discount Exempt: No



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