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Hosta species/Hosta

Hosta species / Hosta species
Hostas come in a wide assortment of foliage types, sizes, flowering features, and colors
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Hostas come in a wide assortment of foliage types, sizes, flowering features, and colors

Example of how hostas can be used effectively as patio plantings

Hostas grow well in shade provided there is a generous amount of humus in the soil and they get adequate water

A mature hosta in The Chicago Botanical Gardens

Hosta in bloom

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Scientific Name: Hosta species
Common Name: Hosta
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 3, 4, 7, 8, 9 Determine Your Zone
Height: 1-2 feet
Spread: 1-2 feet
Bloom time: Summer
Flower color: Various
Light Exposure: Part Sun, Filtered Shade, Shade
Drainage: Well drained, Moist,
Rate of Growth: Moderate
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: Low
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
No
Landscape Categories: Plants That Attract Hummingbirds
Plants with Fragrance
Variegated Plants
Comments: Hostas come in many leaf sizes, in solid colors or variegated, in various shades of green or blue, Flower colors varying from white to purple. They vary in size from dwarf to large, from fine to coarse texture, and from those that grow slowly to those that have rapid growth. Some will take some sunlight, while others only grow in the shade. There is a hosta for many landscape uses, such as container plant, ground cover, specimen, accent, and mass or group plantings. Slugs are the chief pest of hostas.