Hostas are herbaceous perennial plants, growing from rhizomes
or stolons, with broad lanceolate or ovate leaves varying
widely in size by species from 1–18 in long and 0.75–12 in
broad. Variation among the numerous cultivars is even greater,
with clumps ranging from less than 4 inacross and 3 in high
to more than 6 ftacross and 4 ft high. Leaf color in wild
species is typically green, although some species are known
for a glaucous waxy leaf coating that gives a blue appearance
to the leaf.
Hosta are herbaceous perennials.
Other Names: Plantain Lily, Funkia, August
Descriptions: Hosta are known for their
lush low growing foliage with shiny leaves that
are blue, green, white, gold, and varigated patterns.
Delicate flowers bloom on a stalk that rises from
the thick foliage.
Size: Hosta grow from 2 inches to 3 feet
Symbolism: Hosta symbolizes devotion.
Grow Details: Hosta are easy to grow,
shade tolerant perennials.
Soil Type: Hosta
has loose and well drained soil.
Soil PH: PH 6.5 - 7.5
Water: Well Watered
Light: Part Shade to Full Shade
to Full Sun
Grow Zone: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Height: Hosta grow from 2 inches
to 3 feet tall.
Flower Colors: Lavender, White
Propagation: Propagate Hosta by division.
Division/Transplants: Divide Hosta
in the Spring.
Blooming Period: Summer
Herbal Remedy Properties: Hosta does not
have any known medicinal uses.
Native Area: Hostas are native to Japan,
Korea, and China.
Other: An essential oil extracted from
hosta leaves, is used in perfume.
Hosta Flower Gifts
|Hosta was called pepper vine by early travelers
and pioneers of the American Old West and used as
a pepper substitute to spice up food since true
black pepper was a costly and rarely obtainable
spice. The entire genus contains essential oils
and compounds which are extremely irritating to
the skin and mucous membranes. Unlike black pepper
or Capsicum, however, the compounds in Hosta cause
internal bleeding of the digestive tract if ingested
in large amounts.