Plantain Lily 'Sum And Substance'

Hosta 'Sum and Substance'

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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
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Planning

Difficulty

Moderate

Flowering time

Summer

Fruiting time

Autumn

Harvesting

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

Propagation

Seed

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

Division

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

Attractive leaves

Ground cover

Pot plant

Environment

Light

Partial Shade, Partial Sun

Soil moisture

Moist

Soil type

Clay, Loam

Soil PH preference

Acid, Neutral

Frost hardiness

Hardy

Uses

Notes

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.

Personality

Family

Asparagaceae

Flower colour

Purple, Blue

Scent

None

Problems

Can also suffer from a virus.
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