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HOSTA 'Chionea'

Image of Hosta 'Chionea'

Family

Liliaceae

Botanical Name

HOSTA 'Chionea'

Plant Common Name

Chionea Plantain Lily, Hosta, Plantain Lily

General Description

Herbaceous perennials, hostas are grown for their attractive leaves, mounding habit, toughness, and tolerance for shade. This one, the pretty variegated ‘Chionea,’ is small and tidy, forming a vase-shaped mound of narrow, lance-shaped leaves that are dark green with evenly narrow silvery-white margins. An abundance of large purple-striped, bell-shaped flowers appear on leafy stems held high above the foliage in late summer.

Like other hostas ‘Chionea’ grows best in full to partial shade and tolerates a wide range of fertile well-drained soils. It has average water needs and prefers even moisture. In hot and dry conditions the leaf tips and edge may dry and wither.Use ‘Chionea’ to add contrasts of texture, sixe and pale color shaded perennial gardens and woodland, or planted en masse as an herbaceous groundcover.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    9 - 2

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    3 - 8

  • Sunset Zone

    A2, A3, 1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Perennial

  • Sun Exposure

    Partial Sun, Partial Shade, Full Shade

  • Height

    10"-14" / 25.4cm - 35.6cm

  • Width

    16"-20" / 40.6cm - 50.8cm

  • Bloom Time

    Late Summer

  • Native To

    Asia

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Average

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam, Sand

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Clump-Forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    White, Lavender, Ivory

  • Flower Color Modifier

    Striped

  • Fruit Color

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    White, Dark Green, Silver

  • Foliage Color (Spring) Modifier

    Variegated

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Slate Gray, Steel Blue

  • Foliage Color (Summer) Modifier

    Variegated

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    White, Dark Green, Silver

  • Foliage Color (Fall) Modifier

    Variegated

  • Fragrant Flowers

    Yes

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Bold

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Container, Edging, Feature Plant, Groundcover, Mixed Border

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes