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HOSTA 'Emily Dickinson'

Image of Hosta 'Emily Dickinson'

Family

Liliaceae

Botanical Name

HOSTA 'Emily Dickinson'

Plant Common Name

Emily Dickinson Plantain Lily, Hosta, Plantain Lily

General Description

Hostas are herbaceous perennials grown for their leaves, mounding habit, toughness and tolerance of shade. This one, the pretty, variegated ‘Emily Dickinson,’ is also fragrant. It is compact and medium-sized, forming a neat clump of long, lance-shaped leaves that taper to a point. They are green accented with a streaky, irregular white margin. Fragrant, dark lavender funnel to bell-shaped flowers appear on tall stems held above the foliage in midsummer.

Like most hostas, ‘Emily Dickinson’ grows best in full to partial shade and tolerates a wide range of well-drained soils. It prefers average water and even moisture. Use ‘Emily Dickinson’ for contrasts of color and variegation to brighten shaded perennial gardens and woodland, or massed 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

    Full Sun, Partial Sun, Partial Shade, Full Shade

  • Height

    17"-21" / 43.2cm - 53.3cm

  • Width

    30"-34" / 76.2cm - 86.4cm

  • Bloom Time

    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

  • Fruit Color

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    White, Green

  • Foliage Color (Spring) Modifier

    Variegated

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Slate Gray, Steel Blue

  • Foliage Color (Summer) Modifier

    Variegated

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    White, Green

  • 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