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HOSTA 'Ground Master'

Image of Hosta 'Ground Master'

James H. Schutte

Family

Liliaceae

Botanical Name

HOSTA 'Ground Master'

Plant Common Name

Ground Master Plantain Lily, Hosta, Plantain Lily

General Description

Hostas are shade-loving herbaceous perennials grown for their mounding habit, toughness, and attractive leaves. This one, ‘Ground Master,’ is a small hosta that spreads by stolons (lateral stems) to form a colony of leafy mounds. The leaves are lance-shaped, wavy-edged, and deep-green edged irregularly with white. Lavender funnel-to-bell-shaped flowers appear on leafy stems held above the foliage in late summer.

Like most hostas, ‘Ground Master’ grows best in full to partial shade and tolerates a wide range of fertile well-drained soils. It prefers average, even moisture. In hot, dry conditions the edges of the leaves may wither. A site with no direct mid-day sun can help. Use ‘Ground Master’ for its outlined leaves and contrasts of habit and size, or as an edger in shaded perennial gardens, or massed as a groundcover.

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

    5"-9" / 12.7cm - 22.9cm

  • Width

    10"-14" / 25.4cm - 35.6cm

  • 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

  • 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