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HOSTA 'Fortunei Obscura'

Image of Hosta 'Fortunei Obscura'

Family

Liliaceae

Botanical Name

HOSTA 'Fortunei Obscura'

Plant Common Name

Fortunei Obscura Plantain Lily, Hosta, Plantain Lily

General Description

Hostas are herbaceous perennials grown for their attractive leaves, tolerance for shade, toughness, and mounding habit. This one, 'Fortunei Obscura,' is notable for its elegant leaves, reliability, and, surprisingly, tolerance for sun. It is a large plant and makes a mounded clump of leaves that are heart-shaped, smooth, prominently ribbed, green above and glaucous (covered with a whitish film) below. The flower are lavender and funnel shaped. They appear above the leaves in clusters atop leafless stems.

Like most hostas, ‘Fortunei Obscura,' grows best in partial shade to full shade, tolerates a wide range of well-drained soils, and prefers average, even moisture. Unlike most hostas, it also tolerates full sun. Use it for bold contrasts of size, texture, and color in shaded perennial gardens and woodlands, or massed as a groundcover under tall trees to complement their size.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    9 - 2

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    3 - 9

  • 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

    0'-18' / 0.0m - 5.5m

  • Width

    0'-24' / 0.0m - 7.3m

  • 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

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green

  • 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