Hosta 'Captain Kirk'

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Item #: 4712

Zones: 3a to 8b

Dormancy: Winter

Height: 18" tall

Culture: Part Sun to Shade

Origin: Hybrid

Pot Size: 2 qt. (1.9 L)

This amazing sport of the popular Hosta 'Gold Standard' was introduced by Iowa's Kirk avid Trekkie. Hosta 'Captain Kirk' is probably a tetraploid hosta featuring a delicious wide golden center, surrounded by a very wide, dark green edge. As you can imagine, the contrast is truly stunning. Each 3' wide clump of Hosta 'Captain Kirk' is topped with lavender flowers in midsummer. Aren't you about ready to boldly grow what none of your neighbors has grown before?


Hosta 'Captain Kirk' is essentially a maintenance free perennial. Once the plant has gone dormant in fall, you may wish to remove the old foliage, which helps tidy the garden. Old flower stalks may be removed after flowering, which we feel helps with clump appearance.

Growing Conditions:

Hosta always grow better in rich, moist soil. They thrive best in clay or amended clay soils, but amended sandy loam can be successful if additional compost or other organic nutrients are added. Dry soils are not problematic for a short time, but hostas will decline if the soil is kept dry over an extended period.

Light shade to a couple of hours of early morning sun are best. Dark shade will not result in a satisfactory plant.

Garden Value:

Hostas like 'Captain Kirk' are great to brighten a woodland garden. Their bold texture makes a nice garden foil to more airy-textured perennials.

Natural Impacts:

Hosta flowers are always a great source of nectar for honeybees.