Hosta 'Fortunei Hyacinthina'

Common Name: hosta
Type: Herbaceous perennial
Family: Asparagaceae
Zone: 3 to 8
Height: 1.00 to 1.50 feet
Spread: 1.50 to 2.00 feet
Bloom Time: July to August
Bloom Description: Pale lavender-purple
Sun: Part shade to full shade
Water: Medium
Maintenance: Low
Flower: Showy
Leaf: Colorful
Attracts: Hummingbirds
Tolerate: Heavy Shade, Black Walnut

Culture

Easily grown in average, medium, well-drained soil in part shade to full shade. No special culture is required. Soil should be kept moist, however, especially in hot, sunny conditions. Dense foliage crowds out most weeds.

Noteworthy Characteristics

A medium hosta which typically forms a foliage mound 14-18" tall and 16-24" wide of cordate-ovate (8-12" by 6-8") leaves which emerge blue green and mature to gray green. Leaves are edged with a very fine white marginal line. Racemes of funnel-shaped, pale purple flowers appear in summer on erect but slightly bending scapes rising to 34" tall. A dependable and versatile perennial which is grown primarily for its beautiful foliage. May also be listed as Hosta fortunei var. hyacinthina.

Problems

Although slugs and snails can be a serious problem, and leaf spot and crown rot lesser problems, hostas are otherwise virtually disease and pest-free, and are ideal, low-maintenance garden perennials.

Garden Uses

A mainstay of the shade garden. This medium hosta can be mixed with other perennials in the border or woodland garden, used as an edging plant or massed and divided to create a dense ground cover.