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PlantFiles: Hosta
Hosta longissima

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Family: Liliaceae (lil-ee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Hosta (HOSS-tuh) (Info)
Species: longissima (lon-JIS-ee-muh) (Info)

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Plant Size (check one):
Miniature (leaf 2.0-6.0 square inches; plant 4-6 tall)

Spacing:
9-12 in. (22-30 cm)
12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

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:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

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:
Mound-like

Growth Rate:
Fast

Leaf Shape:
Lance

Leaf Appearance:
Flat

Degree to which the appearance is present:
Moderately

Leaf Texture (top):
Dull

Leaf Texture (bottom):
Slightly Shiny
Very Shiny

Leaf Substance:
3 (Average)

Leaf Color:
Medium Green

Color of Leaf Margin:
No margin

Number of Vein Pairs:
Fewer than 9

Appearance of Margin:
Flat/Nearly Flat

Margin Width:
No margin

Bloom Time:
Late

Flower Shape:
Funnel

Flower Fragrance:
Slightly Fragrant
Very Fragrant

Does it set seed?:
Yes; seed is viable

Bloom Color:
Pale Purple

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Profile:

1 positive
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

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

Dense mound of narrow, dark green foliage 13" high by 30" wide. Leaves are 5-3/4" long and 1-1/2" wide; medium green; dull on top surface but shiny underside. No corrugation, not wavy; narrowly elliptic. Average substance with 3-4 vein pairs.

Flowers very late mid-September into early October; purple with white petal margins halfway from tip to base and darker mid-petal striping; funnel shaped with reflexed tips. 18" scapes; seed pods often damaged by frost before seed maturation.

Neutral smiln32 On Apr 16, 2004, smiln32 from Oklahoma City, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

This hosta has flower scapes that reach up to 20" high. It also does well in fairly wet (boggy) conditions.

Positive bert On Sep 24, 2002, bert from ehrikon
Switzerland (Zone 6b) wrote:

fast grower, stolonifer, ground cover

Regional...

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

Coshocton, Ohio
Coopersburg, Pennsylvania



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