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Brother Stefan Hosta

Hosta 'Brother Stefan'

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Brother Stefan Hosta (Hosta 'Brother Stefan') at Sargent's Gardens

Brother Stefan Hosta foliage

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Brother Stefan Hosta (Hosta 'Brother Stefan') at Sargent's Gardens

Brother Stefan Hosta

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  28 inches

Spacing:  30 inches

Sunlight:  partial shade  full shade 

Hardiness Zone:  2a

Other Names:  Plantain Lily, Funkia


This moderately fast growing variety has beautiful heart shaped corrugated leaves with a bright yellow center and two-tone green margins; provides beautiful texture and contrast to other plants; near-white spikes of flowers in late spring or early summer

Ornamental Features

Brother Stefan Hosta features dainty spikes of creamy white tubular flowers rising above the foliage from late spring to early summer. Its attractive textured heart-shaped leaves remain yellow in color with showy bluish-green variegation and tinges of light green throughout the season.

Landscape Attributes

Brother Stefan Hosta is a dense herbaceous perennial with tall flower stalks held atop a low mound of foliage. Its medium texture blends into the garden, but can always be balanced by a couple of finer or coarser plants for an effective composition.

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

Brother Stefan Hosta is recommended for the following landscape applications;

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

Planting & Growing

Brother Stefan Hosta will grow to be about 22 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 3 feet. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 30 inches apart. Its foliage tends to remain dense right to the ground, not requiring facer plants in front. It grows at a medium 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  Plant Form 
Ornamental Features