Hosta--Plantain Lily

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Hosta--Plantain Lily

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Hosta is useful in the shade and may be used as a ground cover. Both the foliage and flowers are ornamental as some varieties have variegated foliage. Flowering is reduced in deep shade although the plants grow well. Hosta also grows in sun but are at their best in partial shade. They tolerate dryness but dislike constant sun, strong wind and poor drainage. The best soil is moist and humus filled. Variegated varieties need shade. When planting, set the crown just below the soil surface.

Division may be done in early spring or fall. If seed is produced it grows readily if planted immediately after it ripens. Seed germinates in 15 to 20 days at 70 degrees. Plants started from seed bloom the second year.

Hosta plantaginea--Fragrant Plantain-Lily This hosta is 2 and a half feet tall when in bloom. The flowers are white and fragrant and are present from mid- August into September. An exposure of shade or partial shade is suggested. Leaf scorch may be a problem in full sun, especially in dry soil.

Hosta undulata--Wavy-leaved Plantain-Lily About 2 feet tall when in bloom. The lavender flowers are produced in July.

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