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Hosta
Hosta 'Lakeside Coal Miner'

Family: Liliaceae (lil-ee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Hosta (HOSS-tuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Lakeside Coal Miner
Hybridized by M. Chastain
Registered or introduced: 1998
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Plant Size (check one):

Medium (leaf 25-81 square inches; plant 10-18 tall)

Spacing:

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 C (-40 F)

USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)

USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)

USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

Sun Exposure:

Light Shade

Partial to Full Shade

Full Shade

Other details:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Patent Information:

Non-patented

Seed Collecting:

Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

Growing Habit:

Mound-like

Growth Rate:

Medium

Leaf Shape:

Ovate

Leaf Appearance:

Wavy

Corrugated

Degree to which the appearance is present:

Deeply

Leaf Texture (top):

Very Shiny

Leaf Texture (bottom):

Dull

Leaf Substance:

2 (Good)

Leaf Color:

Intensely Blue-Green

Color of Leaf Margin:

No margin

Number of Vein Pairs:

Fewer than 9

Appearance of Margin:

Heavily Rippled

Margin Width:

No margin

Bloom Time:

Early/Mid

Flower Shape:

Tubular

Flower Fragrance:

No fragrance

Does it set seed?:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Deep Purple

Regional

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Cape May Court House, New Jersey

Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive

On Dec 22, 2008, sanannie from White Lake, ON (Zone 4b) wrote:

This variety has a lot of good attributes. It's a fast grower with nice dark green foliage and rippled foliage. I love the curly tips and the dark purple flowers.

Positive

On Jan 9, 2005, lmelling from Ithaca, NY (Zone 5b) wrote:

Very dark green, wavy leaves with a rippled margin that can measure up to 10" long, ovate with a rounded base. Vigorous growing; upright, open, mounding habit about 17" ht x 24"w. Lush royal purple flowers in midsummer.

Parent: "seedling #10" x "seedling #10." 1998 Submitted by Mary Chastain. M. Chastain was noted for her dark leaved hostas, this one is reported to be possibly the darkest cultivar available.

The actual darkness of color is dependant on how much light it receives. The more shade, the darker the leaves. Some have recommended the addition of magnesium to the soil (one tablespoon of Epsom salts in a gallon of water every 2-4 weeks or so) to deepen the color.

This is one of my new hostas for 2005.