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Hosta 'Hanky Panky'

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Hanky Panky Hosta (Hosta 'Hanky Panky') at Dutch Growers Garden Centre

Hanky Panky Hosta foliage

Hanky Panky Hosta foliage

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Hanky Panky Hosta (Hosta 'Hanky Panky') at Dutch Growers Garden Centre

Hanky Panky Hosta

Hanky Panky Hosta

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Plant Height:  13 inches

Flower Height:  24 inches

Spacing:  28 inches

Sunlight:  partial shade  full shade 

Hardiness Zone:  3a

Other Names:  Plantain Lily, Funkia


This variety starts with green leaves with a gold border with a narrow thread in between; the gold edge changes to white and light green in time; provides beautiful texture and contrast to other plants; lavender spikes of flowers in mid-summer

Ornamental Features

Hanky Panky Hosta features dainty spikes of lavender tubular flowers rising above the foliage in mid summer. Its attractive textured narrow leaves remain green in colour with distinctive gold edges and tinges of white throughout the season.

Landscape Attributes

Hanky Panky Hosta is a dense herbaceous perennial with tall flower stalks held atop a low mound of foliage. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other garden plants with less refined foliage.

This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and is best cleaned up in early spring before it resumes active growth for the season. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

  • Insects

Hanky Panky Hosta is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • Border Edging
  • General Garden Use
  • Groundcover

Planting & Growing

Hanky Panky Hosta will grow to be about 13 inches tall at maturity extending to 24 inches tall with the flowers, with a spread of 32 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 28 inches apart. Its foliage tends to remain dense right to the ground, not requiring facer plants in front. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years. As an herbaceous perennial, this plant will usually die back to the crown each winter, and will regrow from the base each spring. Be careful not to disturb the crown in late winter when it may not be readily seen!

This plant does best in partial shade to shade. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid. It can be propagated by division; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Massing  Edging  Garden  Groundcover 
Flowers  Foliage Color  Texture  Plant Form 
Ornamental Features