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Hosta plantaginea

Autumn lily

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Features

  • BloomsAugust to September
  • Height0.5m to 0.6m
  • Spread0.6m to 1m
  • Growth HabitClump
  • Flower ColourWhite-green
  • Leaf ColourGlossy green

Description

Hosta plantaginea (Autumn lily). This species will produce large white blooms with an intense fragrance; they are produced on stems above the mounded mid-green foliage. This is an excellent species for cut flowers which will appear in late summer and continues on into the autumn.

Characteristics

Perennial, Deciduous, Fragrant

Origin

China, Japan

Interest and use

Shade, border, fragrance, cutting bed, walls, rock garden, ground cover

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Needs

  • LightPart shade
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -15°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Sandy
  • Soil pH7.0
  • WaterSemi-moist

Cultivation

All Hostas need some shade and few will thrive in open strong sunlight. A general rule is that the lighter foliage, the brighter the sunlight that will be tolerated. Variegated varieties tend to require more sun to keep their white, light green or gold stripes. The darker, bluer varieties need more shade.

Once established, Hostas are pretty tough and will spread horizontally to make excellent ground cover.

Propagation

Propagate by division of the fleshy crowns in early spring. Seed raised plants very rarely come true to type (except H.ventricosa).

Pests, diseases or disorders

Attracts Slugs

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