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Hosta 'Whirlwind' (Fortunei) (V)

Hosta 'Whirlwind'

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Partial Shade
Easy care
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size








5 years to reach maturity


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

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Hosta 'Whirlwind' (Fortunei) (V) Overview

Hosta 'Whirlwind' is a stunning perennial cultivar that forms clumps of slightly twisted, wide, dark green leaves with a cream centre that slowly develops from lime green to a darker shade the leaves age. In mid to late summer, erect stems of nodding pale lavender flowers appear. All Hostas need some shade, and few will thrive in open strong sunlight. A general rule is that the lighter foliage, the brighter the sunlight that will be tolerated. Variegated varieties tend to require more sun to keep their white, light green or gold stripes. The darker, bluer varieties need more shade. Once established, Hostas are pretty tough and will spread horizontally to make an excellent ground cover. Requiring little care apart from tidying up spent leaves and flowers at the end of the growing season. This cultivar has earned a Royal Horticultural Society Award of Garden Merit.

Common problems with Hosta 'Whirlwind' (Fortunei) (V)

Hosta's can sometimes be affected by a virus.

How to harvest Hosta 'Whirlwind' (Fortunei) (V)

Generally not harvested.

How to propagate Hosta 'Whirlwind' (Fortunei) (V)


Divide clumps every 4 or 5 years in late summer or early spring. Ensure each section has 1 to 3 good buds and trim away damaged roots. Replant at their original depth in the ground with the shoots just poking through the soil. Water and apply a granular feed.


Collect seeds in autumn from dry seed heads, sow in Spring and place in a cold frame. Seeds are unlikely to come true.

Special features of Hosta 'Whirlwind' (Fortunei) (V)

Ground cover

Attractive leaves

Pot plant

Other uses of Hosta 'Whirlwind' (Fortunei) (V)

This fantastic foliage plant is easily used for underplanting but it is equally grown in containers in urban courtyards and formal beds of cottage gardens. With an OPALS rating of 1, these plants are considered 'Good' to include in a low allergen planting scheme.