Hosta

Hosta, Plantain Lily

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Hosta is a genus of 70 species of shade-loving herbaceous perennial primarily grown for their foliage.  The dense basal leaves are of various shapes and colors and deeply veined.  Small bell-like flowers raise up in terminals from the rootstalk above the mound in late spring or summer attracting butterflies and pollinators.  Best bloom in partial sun and moist well-drained soils.   

Type: 

Perennial

Height: 

1' - 3'

Spread: 

1' - 5’

Spacing: 

3’

USDA Hardiness Zone: 

5 - 9

Culture: 

Part SunFull Shade

Bloom Color: 

Various

Season of Interest: 

SpringSummer

MAINTENANCE NEEDS:   Low maintenance.  Snails and slugs can cause severe problems if left unchecked.  Foliar nematodes can cause interveinal browning. Plants infected with Hosta Virus X (HVX), tobacco rattle virus or tomato ring spot virus should be immediately removed from garden areas and destroyed.  Otherwise, little to no problems.

LANDSCAPE USES:  Accents or Group Plantings, BordersWoodland GardensNaturalized AreasRock Gardens, and Containers.

COMPANION PLANTS:  Coral Bells, Japanese Forest Grass, Ligularia

 

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