Hosta ‘Potomac Pride’
Hosta ‘Blue Umbrellas’ x Hosta yingeri ‘Treasure Island’
This great Hosta was registered by Tony Avent of Plant Delights Nursery and registered with the American Hosta Society in 1995. It was selected as AHS convention plant also in 1995. It is the offspring of Hosta ‘Blue Umbrellas’ as the pollen parent and Hosta yingeri ‘Treasure Island’ as the pod parent.
There are 4 registered sports from Hosta ‘Potomac Pride’ and three registered hybrids with it as a parent listed on The Hosta Helper website.
Hosta ‘Potomac Pride’ did very good in Mississippi compared to several other cultivars which struggled there. I sold the mansion in Mississippi and moved back to the family farm in mid-Missouri in February 2013. I gave up around 200 plants but brought most of my succulents, Colocasia and Alocasia, several perennials including the Hosta, and several other plants I couldn’t leave behind.
I think I bought my Hosta ‘Potomac Pride’ in 2009 although, for some reason, it doesn’t appear in any photos until 2010 in a group photo. The first individual photo I have in my folders was taken in 2012 (at the top of the page). Maybe I screwed up somewhere and there are other photos in my old laptop that won’t come on. It is almost impossible because I transferred all those photos to my iMac in 2013. But still, I wonder…
Hosta ‘Potomac Pride’ features large dark green leaves, although some websites say blue-green. It will grow to a height of around 24-36″ and clumps as wide as 50″ or more depending on if you divide. Leaves grow to approximately 12″ long x 8 1/2″ wide. It produces lavender flowers starting in July on 24-36″ stems.
I first moved the farm after my grandfather passed away in 1981. It was then when I bought my first Hosta from Bluestone Perennials. I moved from the farm in 1987 and dad had to start mowing the yard. Unfortunately, my parents didn’t have time to maintain the flower beds so they got mowed off and eventually the Hosta and other perennials died. When I moved back here in 2013, the old house was gone so the bed where the Hosta used to be was now in full sun. I had flower beds around grandmas old goldfish pool, which used to be in the sun. That area was now shaded by three big trees that weren’t there before. SO, I dug an area there for the Hosta and Ajuga reptans ‘Chocolate Chips’.
Although Hosta ‘Potomac Pride’ did OK in Mississippi, it thrived here in Missouri. It took off!
None of the Hosta flowered the whole four summers I was in Mississippi so I was very happy when they started flowering here on the farm.
Cooler temps and decreasing daylight in October meant the Hosta and other perennials would soon go through their winter hibernation. The winters are much longer and colder here in Missouri…
Family: Asparagaceae (formerly in Liliaceae)
Origin: Hybridized by Tony Avent of Plant Delights Nursery
Zones: USDA Zones 3a-8b (-40 to 15° F)
Size: 24-36” tall x 50” wide
Flowers: Lavender flowers in July on 36” tall stems
Leaves: Dark green leaves up to 12” long x 8 1/2” wide
Light: Light to full shade
Soil: Prefers moist, well-drained soil
Water: Average water needs once established
Propagation: Division every 3-5 years.
Uses: Attracts hummingbirds, shade garden, containers, etc.
Tolerates: Dry shade and high humidity
Resistant: Slugs and snails
I always take a lot of photos during the growing season to keep a record of how well the plants do at different times. Sometimes I get a little behind weeding, so pardon the untidiness.
Spring is here again at last! Hosta ‘Potomac Pride’ is always one of the first to emerge after its winter hibernation and I am always happy to see it.
Although it is always one of the first, its large leaves seem to take a while to unfurl.
I’m kind of running out of words but there are still more photos!
It’s always good to see the Hosta and other perennials come up in the spring. This is a good time to notice how much larger the clump is than the spring before. It is also a good time to make divisions.
Cooler temperatures were coming and the Hosta started showing signs that Fall was right around the corner.
It was pretty cold this past winter, especially the first part of January with several days of -10° F. I was anxious to see what was happening under the leaves in the shade bed and finally, on March 3 there were signs of life. Not all of the Hosta had started coming up yet but Hosta ‘Potomac Pride’ is always one of the first to come up.
The clump steadily increases in size every year.
Lingering cool temps keep it slowed down somewhat.
I measured all of the Hosta on June 20 and 21 and the Hosta ‘Potomac Pride’ measured 20 1/2″ tall and 50″ wide.
Its AWESOME dark green leaves are fairly thick, heavily veined, ribbed, corrugated and puckered making it very slug and snail resistant. The leaves are oval to round tapering to a point. The largest leaf measured 8 1/2″ wide x 12″ long on June 20.
Finally, it has buds.
We had a worse Japanese Beetle invasion in 2018 than in 2017. One of the sade beds is under two Chinese Elm trees, but the H. ‘Potomac Pride’ is mainly under a maple. The beetles love the leaves on the Chinese Elm trees and changed the mostly shady area into more light. The beetles always eat the elm leaves but this year was a REAL disaster.
I stopped taking photos of the Hosta after the photo above was taken. The increased light was burning some of their leaves, but Hosta ‘Potomac Pride’ was still looking very good.
I went to see if any of the Hosta were coming up on March 7. The winter wasn’t as cold as last year and we had more snow off and on. It was a winter of a few nice days followed by snow and a few cold days. So, the temps were up and down. As I expected, Hosta ‘Potomac Pride’ was beginning to come up. This Hosta is always among the first to appear.
While many of the Hosta in my small collection take their time, Hosta ‘Potomac Pride’ wastes no time growing once it gets started.
The Hosta ‘Potomac Pride’ is now ready to thrive in 2019!
The Hosta ‘Potomac Pride’ is an amazing Hosta for sure. It just does its thing and that is growing and looking beautiful! Beautiful large dark green corrugated leaves!
Beautiful leaves than continue to grow throughout the season.
I noticed the Hosta ‘Potomac Pride’ was beginning to bud a few days before I took the above on July 4. Right on time…
I will continue adding photos and information as long as I have this AWESOME Hosta as a companion. It is definitely one of my all-time favorites! If you have an opportunity to bring home a Hosta ‘Potomac Pride’, I highly recommend you do.
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