Hosta
Hosta nigrescens

Family: Liliaceae (lil-ee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Hosta (HOSS-tuh) (Info)
Species: nigrescens (ny-GRESS-enz) (Info)
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Plant Size (check one):

Giant (leaf >144 square inches; plant >28 tall)

Spacing:

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

Hardiness:

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)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

Sun Exposure:

Light Shade

Partial to Full Shade

Full Shade

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Seed Collecting:

Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

Growing Habit:

Upright

Mound-like

Growth Rate:

Medium

Leaf Shape:

Ovate

Broadly Ovate

Leaf Appearance:

Cupped

Corrugated

Degree to which the appearance is present:

Lightly

Moderately

Deeply

Leaf Texture (top):

Dull

Leaf Texture (bottom):

Glaucous Bloom

Leaf Substance:

1 (Thick)

Leaf Color:

Dark Green

Slightly Blue-Green

Medium Blue-Green

Color of Leaf Margin:

No margin

Number of Vein Pairs:

12 to 15

Appearance of Margin:

Flat/Nearly Flat

Margin Width:

No margin

Bloom Time:

Mid

Flower Shape:

Funnel

Flower Fragrance:

No fragrance

Does it set seed?:

Yes; seed is viable

Bloom Color:

Pale Lavender

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us

Regional

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

Marietta, Georgia

Independence, Iowa

Pittsboro, North Carolina

Waxhaw, North Carolina

Gardeners' Notes:

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Neutral

On Jan 13, 2005, lmelling from Ithaca, NY (Zone 5b) wrote:

Large, vase-shaped mound of cupped, blue-green foliage 30" high by 66" wide. Space about 60". Leaves are 12" long by 9.5" wide, ovate to broadly ovate shape with a heart-shaped base and distinct tip. They are deep blue-green early, changing to dark green by mid-summer. Thick underside bloom. The blade is distinctly cupped upward and held perpendicular to the nearly upright petioles. Leaves also have moderate to heavy corrugation; no red dots on petioles. 13-14 vein pairs.

Pale, funnel shaped lavendar flowers with white petal margins and darker streaks leading into the whitish throat - in late July into August. Scape size is outstanding and can reach 54" or more. Pod formation is sparse, but several hybridizers have made some significant introductions such as 'Krossa ... read more

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On Jan 11, 2003, jody from MD &, VA (Zone 7b) wrote:

Flower scapes up to 54".