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Species Hosta, Lanceleaf Plantain Lily 'Lancifolia'


Family: Liliaceae (lil-ee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Hosta (HOSS-tuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Lancifolia
Additional cultivar information:(aka H. lancifolia)
Hybridized by Engler
Registered or introduced: 1889
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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:

Unknown - Tell us

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

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


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

Broomfield, Colorado

Bonifay, Florida

Marietta, Georgia

Caseyville, Illinois

Chicago, Illinois

Elgin, 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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Gardeners' Notes:


On May 8, 2015, waltwego from Elgin, IL wrote:

Most excellent border edge plant. Lawnmower wheels either go under the leaves or push the leaves aside without cutting or damaging the leaves. Lancifolia grows quickly so they can be divided into quarter sections every 4-5 years. All my trees are bordered with Lancifolia.


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.

4) The solid green foliage offers the eye much needed rest when a collection of va... read more


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.


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 premi... read more


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

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


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

Easy to grow with a rapid growth rate


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.