|Originator(s)||Rod Lysne 2001|
|Origin||'Gold Drop' sport|
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|Leaf color||green,golden yellow edge|
|Info||Most "gold" hostas emerge in the spring with a greenish-chartreuse coloration, and we patiently wait over the course of the next several weeks for them to slowly assume hues of yellow/gold. BUT WHY WAIT so long for a hosta to "color up" when you can have an instant splash of bright gold with our 'Lemon Drop'?|
Always drawing the focus of early season visitors, this small hosta cultivar has been a focal point here. The audacity of its color draws one's attention from across the garden. In spite of our propensity to like the large hostas, 'Lemon Drop' has become a personal favorite here.
Sizewise, a mature clump measures about 14" across and presents a gently mounded effect. Younger plants tend to be quite horizontal, giving a nearly spidery appearance. Nearly lanceolate in shape, mature leaves are marked by smooth, wavy undulations, tapering to a distinct, sharp point.
Another point of interest with this rapid clumper is that a second flush of clean chartreuse-gold leaves developes in mid summer, giving a nearly 2-toned canopy effect.
'Lemon Drop' shows excellent early spring color even in deeper shade. In fact, we suggest planting this one in a shadier location so as to prolong the best effets of its color. Tuck it into an otherwise drab corner for instant spring effect. A wonderful companion for early woodland ephemerals.
As a hybridizer's plant, 'Lemon Drop' produces a large number of golds in a wide variety of hues and sizes.