Hard to believe how time has flown, but the16th DG annual photo contest has begun! Find the details here. Best wishes to all the entrants!!!

Can you ID this for me?

Sand Springs (Tulsa), OK(Zone 7a)

I grew this ws'ing from a pack of seedsI got in a trade labeled "Hosta". It was gathered seed, not commercially bought. This is the only one that came up. I requested ID on it when it was smaller and someone told me it wasn't a Hosta but a foxglove. It has gotten bigger but hasn't put up any blooms. I thought now that it is bigger someone might be able to help me on this. I have 2 pictures I am going to post. Thank you in advance for any help you could give me. Thought it best if I turn to the "experts" to get some information.

Thumbnail by Crit
Sand Springs (Tulsa), OK(Zone 7a)

Pic #2

Thumbnail by Crit
Wyoming, MN

Not sure what it is, but I'm sure it's not a hosta. It could be a foxglove. I know of no hostas with hirsute foliage or stems.

Ponce de Leon, FL

It looks like foxglove foliage. They don't bloom the first year.

Ottawa, ON(Zone 5a)

I agree. Not a hosta.

BUT, if you grew it from seed it would not be a named hosta anyway. It would be a brand new hybrid. Hostas do not come true from seed with one exception.

Portsmouth, VA(Zone 8a)

Ann, what is the exception??

Sand Springs (Tulsa), OK(Zone 7a)

Thank you everyone for your replies! I didn't realize foxglove didn't bloom the first year. I have it in a pot. Should I plant it in the ground, bring it in for the winter, or leave it outside for the winter? All input appreciated!!!!!!!

Portsmouth, VA(Zone 8a)

It really doesn't look like a Foxglove. Some Foxglove does not come true from seed and some are sterile. Here is a link to Plantfiles. Good Luck with your plant!
Seed Collecting:
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed


Ottawa, ON(Zone 5a)

I'd have to look up the exception but no time right now. Have a flight to Vancouver in a couple of hours.

Portsmouth, VA(Zone 8a)

Well thanks for the information, I didn't know there was an exception. Learn something new everyday.
I will look it up, have a good trip. :)

Sand Springs (Tulsa), OK(Zone 7a)

These do have rough leaves.

Portsmouth, VA(Zone 8a)

Crit, This is a very nice article from Hosta Network, good reading about seeds:


This one is good information too, about slugs and roots and other problems:


Waterloo, IA(Zone 4b)

Ann would be refering to H. ventricosa because it can produce seed without fertilization (apomixis) thus seedlings are clones of the parent.


Portsmouth, VA(Zone 8a)

Thank you allnitro, I was able to look it up earlier but I did not write it down. It is really a beautiful Hosta and I would like to try to grow it. Do you know how I could get some seeds?

Sand Springs (Tulsa), OK(Zone 7a)

Thank you Jeff and virginiarose

Ottawa, ON(Zone 5a)

Thanks, Jeff. A bit hectic before heading to the airport this morning.

Ottawa, Canada

Thanks, virginiarose for those excellent websites. I augmented my knowledge about hostas. Excellent advice about when and how to divide hostas and the consequences to the plants re the timing and whether replanted in pots or the ground.

Portsmouth, VA(Zone 8a)

You are very welcome, glad it was helpful !

Wentworth, NH

verbascum or mullein

Post a Reply to this Thread

You cannot post until you , sign up and subscribe. to post.