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Hosta Hosta plantaginea

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Other plants called Hosta:

Phonetic Spelling
HOSS-tuh plan-tah-jin-EE-uh
This plant has low severity poison characteristics.
See below
Description

Plaintain LIly is a hosta in the asparagus family.  Plant it in the partial sun to full shade in consistently moist high organic matter soils.  

 

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#hummingbirds#showy flowers#fragrant flowers#heavy shade#white flowers#wildlife plant#cut flowers#low maintenance#black walnut#cutting garden#nectar plant mid-summer#nectar plant late summer#problem for cats#problem for dogs#problem for horses
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Hosta
    Species:
    plantaginea
    Family:
    Asparagaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    China
    Wildlife Value:
    Flowers attract hummingbirds
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Herbaceous Perennial
    Maintenance:
    Low
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Deep shade (Less than 2 hours to no direct sunlight)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    High Organic Matter
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Moist
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    3a, 3b, 4a, 4b, 5b, 5a, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9b, 9a
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    White
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Fragrant
    Good Cut
    Showy
    Flower Description:
    Considered the best flowers in the Hosta genus due to their showy appearance, fragrance and use as a cut flower.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Green
    Leaf Feel:
    Glossy
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Shape:
    Cordate
    Ovate
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Description:
    Bright green-yellow round to heart-shaped glossy leaves
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Theme:
    Cutting Garden
    Pollinator Garden
    Shade Garden
    Attracts:
    Hummingbirds
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Black Walnut
    Heavy Shade
    Problems:
    Problem for Cats
    Problem for Dogs
    Problem for Horses
  • Poisonous to Humans:
    Poison Severity:
    Low
    Poison Symptoms:
    Vomiting, diarrhea, depression.
    Poison Toxic Principle:
    Saponins
    Causes Contact Dermatitis:
    No