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HOSTA 'Heart Broken'
Heart Broken Plantain Lily, Hosta
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Hostas are mound-forming herbaceous perennials grown mostly for their attractive foliage. The low-growing selection ‘Heart Broken’ evokes a miniature or dainty feel to a shade garden. This cultivar originated in 2002 as a mutation of the hybrid hosta 'Faithful Heart'. Hybridizer Mark Zilis gains credit for selection, but the cultivar name originated with R. Solberg. Forming a dense, leafy clump, 'Heart Broken' has rounded, somewhat ruffled leaves. They emerge in spring bright yellow and transition to chartreuse by summer and a deeper yellow-green by autumn. Lavender, tubular flowers appear on tall leafless stems held above the foliage in early to midsummer.
Overall, this hosta grows best in full to partial shade and tolerates a wide range of well-drained, fertile soil types. Hostas have average water needs, but prefer consistent moisture. In hot and dry conditions most develop dry leaf edges and tips. Pests are also a problem. Slugs and snails favor the leaves and riddle them with holes, and deer will feast on them if given the chance. Heart Broken hosta is best used in shaded perennial gardens or can be massed as an herbaceous groundcover.
9 - 2
3 - 9
A2, A3, 1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Partial Shade, Full Shade
7"-9" / 17.8cm - 22.9cm
16"-21" / 40.6cm - 53.3cm
Hybrid Origin, Asia
Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline
Clay, Loam, Sand
Spring, Summer, Fall
Yellow, Light Green
Green, Chartreuse, Yellow Green
Green, Yellow Green
Container, Edging, Groundcover, Mixed Border
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