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PlantFiles: Hosta
Hosta 'Lancifolia'

Family: Liliaceae (lil-ee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Hosta (HOSS-tuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Lancifolia

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Plant Size (check one):
Medium (leaf 25-81 square inches; plant 10-18 tall)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 C (-40 F)
USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)
USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade
Partial to Full Shade

Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Patent Information:

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

Growing Habit:

Growth Rate:

Leaf Shape:

Leaf Appearance:

Degree to which the appearance is present:

Leaf Texture (top):
Slightly Shiny

Leaf Texture (bottom):

Leaf Substance:
5 (Thin)

Leaf Color:
Dark Green

Color of Leaf Margin:
Dark Green

Number of Vein Pairs:
Fewer than 9

Appearance of Margin:
Slightly Rippled

Margin Width:
No margin

Bloom Time:

Flower Shape:

Flower Fragrance:
No fragrance

Does it set seed?:
No it does not set seed

Bloom Color:
Medium Lavender

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5 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive coriaceous On Feb 4, 2014, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

How many other plants produce blue-violet flowers in September in shade?

This is one of my favorite hostas.

1) Unlike most hostas, this sheds spent flowers cleanly. No deadheading necessary, just cut the scapes down when the show is over.

2) It is very vigorous, and unlike with many hostas, new foliage is produced in flushes throughout the growing season. You can divide a clump into tiny pieces any time the ground is workable, and it will produce new foliage the same season.

3) It leafs out much earlier than most hostas. A good companion for hiding the spent foliage of little early bulbs, but not for mid-season daffodils and the like.

This is believed to be an ancient Japanese garden hybrid and not a species. "Hosta lancifolia" and "Hosta 'lancifolia' " are synonyms.

Neutral Shadyfolks On Jan 2, 2005, Shadyfolks from Chesterland, OH (Zone 5b) wrote:

This Hosta does not mind having its feet wet. We have it in two places along a path in the woods. One area is dry and the quite wet and it loves the wet spot. It has survived both places but is thriving in the wet spot. It has been there for 14 years.

Positive lmelling On Jan 1, 2005, lmelling from Ithaca, NY (Zone 5b) wrote:

This was one of the first hostas that I had ever planted (1997) - and it was a terrific one to get started with! I used three plants to create the first focal point in the middle of one of my long gardens. Within a couple of years the mid to dark green lance shape leaves had grown together into a dense mound about 18" tall by about 2 feet wide x 6' long . In August the mounds are topped by lovely lavendar blooms that hold their color into September.

Will hold up to "bright" areas where it gets some sun - mine gets morning and evening sun but it protected from the hot afternoon sun. It is a reliable hosta, appears quite slug resistant, and requires virtually no care other than to cut back the flower stalks in late September. This variety is quite old and was the premier landscaping hosta dating back to the 1800's in the U.S.

Positive petiteflu On Jul 28, 2003, petiteflu from Minneapolis, MN wrote:

Garden backbone; blooms in late August and September when almost all plants have given up.

Positive Greenwood On Aug 3, 2002, Greenwood from Bonifay, FL (Zone 8a) wrote:

Easy to grow with a rapid growth rate

Positive smiln32 On Jul 30, 2002, smiln32 from Oklahoma City, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

Grows well in many lighting conditions. Mounds beautifully with nice dark green foliage.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Broomfield, Colorado
Bonifay, Florida
Marietta, Georgia
Caseyville, Illinois
Chicago, Illinois
Machesney Park, Illinois
Peoria, Illinois
Elberfeld, Indiana
Portland, Indiana
Davenport, Iowa
Cumberland, Maryland
Roslindale, Massachusetts
Royal Oak, Michigan
Minneapolis, Minnesota
New Ulm, Minnesota
Greene, New York
Ithaca, New York
Glouster, Ohio
Haverford, Pennsylvania
Kalama, Washington
Dodgeville, Wisconsin
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Racine, Wisconsin

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