Hosta


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Hosta

 

(a day, or plantain, lily), a genus of perennial herbaceous plants of the family Liliaceae. The rhizome is compact or short-branched. The numerous radical leaves vary in shape from narrowly lanceolate to broadly ovate, often with a cordate base; their coloration is green or, sometimes, gray-blue owing to a waxy sheen. There are many forms with variegated leaves. The flower stalks are sparsely leafed; the inflorescence is racemose and often unilateral. The perianth is funnelform or funnelform-campanulate, six-lobed, and lilac or violet in coloration (less commonly, white). The fruit is a leathery capsule. There are about 40 species (some of cultivated origin), distributed in temperate and warm regions of Southeast Asia. The USSR has two species, growing in the southern Primor’e, on Sakhalin, and on the Kuril Islands. Plantain lilies are valuable shade-tolerant foliage ornamentals. They are often cultivated under the generic name Funkia.

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To brighten up a hosta garden, look to the chartreuse shades," said Wickstrom.
I use the leaves from my hostas in my flower arrangements - in fact I will use anything from my garden as long as it adds some form," said Pat.
Hostas like moist, fertile soil in shade, but when you plant them put eggshells or sharp grit around the plants to seal in the moisture and deter the slugs and snails.
Funny Mouse and Hosta 'Abiqua Miniature' are just the ticket and I grow then in old pigeon nest pans amongst their showier cousins.
There is an elegance and grace to blue-grey 'Halcyon' unmatched by any other hosta
Diana Grenfell, of the British Hosta and Hemerocallis Society, said: "It had been 77 years since a British man won Wimbledon and we thought it would be good to mark a unique achievement in a unique way.
One single bite now means hundreds of holes in a hosta leaf when it unfurls, or any other plant they choose to attack.
So trim the membrane around each hosta to give a bigger cultivation circle and top dress with organic matter.
Will impatiens, ajuga and hosta grow in the shade inside or outside the drip line (canopy perimeter of the tree?
Popular Hosta 'White Feather' is a rather amazing development, with large white leaves that emerge in late spring/early summer.