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HOSTA 'Heart Broken'

Image of Hosta 'Heart Broken'

Mark A. Miller

Family

Liliaceae

Botanical Name

HOSTA 'Heart Broken'

Plant Common Name

Heart Broken Plantain Lily, Hosta

Special Notice

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General Description

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.

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, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Perennial

  • Sun Exposure

    Partial Shade, Full Shade

  • Height

    7"-9" / 17.8cm - 22.9cm

  • Width

    16"-21" / 40.6cm - 53.3cm

  • Bloom Time

    Summer

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin, Asia

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Average

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam, Sand

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Clump-Forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Lavender

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Yellow, Light Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green, Chartreuse, Yellow Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green, Yellow 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

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Glossy

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Container, Edging, Groundcover, Mixed Border

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Hummingbirds

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes