Hostas

Hosta spp.

Plantain lilies

Hosta longipes
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A purple Hosta flower on a plant with green leaves in a garden
Hosta longipes
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The genus Hosta contains around 23 species, it originated in East-Central China and the species Hosta plantaginea is still found there in the wild. This genus then spread throughout Asia into Russia and Korea and underwent an adaptive radiation. Hosta has been extensively cultivated and many garden specimens now exist as a result of cultivation. These are popular garden plants found across temperate climates of the Northern hemisphere. Flowers are borne on upright stems, these are typically funnel or bell-shaped and appear in the summer. They are grown mainly for their bold foliage, oval to heart-shaped leaves are produced in dense mounds.
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Planning

Difficulty

Moderate

Flowering time

Summer

Fruiting time

Summer

Harvesting

Generally not harvested.

Propagation

Division

Divide clumps in late summer or early spring.

Seed

Seeds can be collected and sown, but the resulting plants may be very different from the parents. Sow seeds in spring.

Special features

Pot plant
Autumn colour
Attractive flowers
Attractive leaves

Special features

Origin

Northeast Asia, China, Japan, Korea, and the Russian Far East.

Natural climate

Temperate to cold

Environment

Light

Partial Sun, Full Shade

Soil moisture

Moist

Soil type

Loam

Soil PH preference

Neutral

Frost hardiness

Hardy

Personality

Family

Asparagaceae

Flower colour

White, lavender, violet, Purples, White

Scent

None

Problems

Slugs and snails as well as deer and rabbits feed on the foliage.

Related Problems

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