Hosta is the most popular perennial in America. Clump-forming, herbaceous, landscaping mainstay. Recommended for dense shade in southern zones and light to dense shade for norther zones. Hosta are versatile East Asian natives with lush foliage in diverse colors, heights, and textures. Perennials. Sun-Shade: Mostly Sunny to Full Shade Soil Condition: Normal, Acidic. Zones 3-9.
What are Hosta "eyes"?
When you buy a Hosta "bare-root", you will usually receive 1 or 2 eye plants. Each eye will grow into a full plant.
In the spring, you can gently uncover your hosta beds to reveal the green nubs poking through the soil. Each nub is called an eye, and it is the beginning of a complete set of hosta leaves. Eyes can be divided, but it is not necessary.
When you move or divide hostas, it can take a year or so for them to be completely reestablished.
Hosta (originally named Funkia) is a genus of 23-40 species of lily-like plants native to northeast Asia. It was once classified in the family Liliaceae but is now (due to the Angiosperm Phylogeny Group) included in the family Agavaceae. Hosta are herbaceous perennial plants that grow from corms or rhizomes. Their broad lanceolate (lance-shaped) or ovate leaves vary widely in size, by species, from 1-15 inches long and 3/4 - 12 inches broad. Variation among the numerous cultivars is even greater, with clumps ranging from less than four inches across to more than 6 1/2 feet across.
Wild Hosta species’ leaf color is typically green, although some (e.g. H. sieboldiana) are known for their glaucous coating that lends leaves a blue appearance. There are natural sports (mutations) of native species that have yellow-green (“gold") colored leaves or differing leaf variegation (centers/edges are either white/cream or yellowish). The (3/4- to 2-inch long) flowers are produced on (up to 31-inch tall) erect panicles: they are usually pendulous with six petals, scentless, and white, lavender, or violet in color.
Hostas are widely cultivated groundcovers, and they are particularly useful as shade-tolerant plants. Hybridization has produced over 5000 cultivars: those with golden- or white-variegated leaves are especially prized. They require little care (other than watering and some fertilizer) and are generally easy, long-lived and relatively disease free.
Starting in May we sometimes cut much of the top foliage off our Hostas before shipping. We feel that the tops are too big to be supported by the roots after transplanting, they tend to just lay over on the ground and not recuperate...if we have not cut them back and they start to wilt simply cut them. When the plants are smaller we leave the tops on. The genus name Hosta is after the Austrian physician & botanist Nicholas Host (1761-1834).
HOSTA SUM AND SUBSTANCE EX-LARGE GOLD LEAVES LAVENDER FLOWERS Z 3-9
Heavy light green leaves make a striking display and are enhanced with lavender flowers in late summer!
We hear more and more raves about the performance of this huge-leaved cultivar. Heavy, 2-foot light green leaves make a striking display, enhanced by lavender flowers in late summer. A strong grower in half sun. 3 feet tall and 5 feet wide. Quite slug- and snail-resistant.
The artistic beauty and richness of Hosta foliage, unequaled in any other shade-loving plant, is being recognized more widely every year. The bold, colorful, and often fragrant flowers are excellent for cutting, as are the leaves. Hostas are a must for any shady planting, and many perform well in sun, too. They are magnificent in combination with ferns, creating a marvelous contrast in texture and color. Zone 3-9
Variety Sum and Substance
Zone 3 - 9
Bloom Season Early Summer
Plant Height 3 ft
Plant Width 5 ft
Additional Characteristics Easy Care Plants
Bloom Color Lavender
Foliage Color Chartreuse, Light Green
Light Requirements Part Shade
Resistance Pest Resistant
Season Of Interest Summer
Soil Tolerance Normal, loamy
Uses Beds, Border, Ornamental, Outdoor