Hosta (Hosta)
Other Names
Giboshi, Plantain Lily, Funkia.
Origins - N. E. Asia.
Perennial (herbaceous).
Hardiness (see References, below) - Zones 3 - 8.
Bloom - Spring.
Approx. 1 to 2 ft (30 - 60 cm).
Hosta likes rich, loamy, moist, and well drained, soils. It is shade tolerant.
By rhizome division.
Edible blooms.
Named after Nicholas Thomas Host, Austrian botanist, Hosta provides incredibly rich, green, ground covering foliage, and pretty blooms in the Spring & early Summer.
Try inter planting it with low, and evergreen ground cover such as Ajuga (Ajuga reptans), or deciduous trees, for more interest.
There are plenty of cultivars to choose from, -different leaf shapes, and sizes, plain or variegated foliage, different bloom colors, and of course there are fragrant, and non
-fragrant varieties to suit every taste.
For more information on Hosta, please see links to American Hosta Society, and British Hosta and Hemerocallis Society, in References, below.
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References - Find more about: Hardiness Zones, Hostas, from American Hosta Society , and British Hosta and Hemerocallis Society
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