The “Hosta of the Year” for 2011 is a plant that many gardeners have already in their gardens. The hosta plant of the year is H. ‘Praying Hands’. It was registered with the American Hosta Society in 1996 by Gerald Williams of Minnesota. H. ‘Praying Hands’ grows to about 16 inches high and 30 inches wide as a mound. It is known for its unusual narrow twisted, cupped lengthwise leaves that are green and edged in white. It has lavender flowers that bloom in July to August. H. ‘Praying Hands’ parentage is unknown but it is a hosta that you will not forget and is easy to identify in a garden. The original parent plant was “found” at a nursery as an unlabeled sport. This is a hosta that is easy to find and available in most nurseries at a reasonable price.
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