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Hosta 'Sum and Substance'

Hosta 'Sum and Substance'

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Partial Shade
Moderate 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

Hosta 'Sum and Substance' Overview

Hosta 'Sum and Substance' is a clump-forming perennial cultivar that produces heart-shaped, bright yellow-green leaves that can get to half a metre in length. In summer flowers are formed on racemes, the blooms are pale lilac in colour

Common problems with Hosta 'Sum and Substance'

Can also suffer from a virus.

How to harvest Hosta 'Sum and Substance'

Generally not harvested but foliage can be cut for floral arrangement as required.

How to propagate Hosta 'Sum and Substance'


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


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.

Special features of Hosta 'Sum and Substance'

Attractive leaves

Ground cover

Pot plant

Other uses of Hosta 'Sum and Substance'

With it's lush foliage it suits being included in sub tropical gardens as well as being used as under planting of shrubs and roses in informal or urban gardens. With an OPALS rating of 1, these plants are considered 'Good' to include in a low allergen planting scheme.