Helping You Become a More Successful Gardener
James H. Schutte
Hosta, Invincible Plantain Lily, Plantain Lily
Hostas need shade, right? Not always and completely; ‘Invincible’ and other Hostas with yellow, chartreuse or gold leaves and/or fragrant flowers tend to need more light for brilliant leaf color. The genus originates from Asia and is comprised of approximately 40 species and thousands of hybrid cultivars. Hosta is a clump forming herbaceous ornamental grown mostly for its attractive foliage. Invincible has thick, glossy, dark green leaves that are spade-shaped, tapering with wavy margins. Lavender to white, very fragrant flowers are funnel-shaped and appear on tall, leafy, arching stems, held above the foliage in the late summer.
Overall, Hostas grow best in partially shaded sites and tolerate a wide range of soil types. Invincible needs more morning sun to maintain good leaf color. Hostas have average water needs, but prefer even moisture, hot and dry Hostas display their displeasure with margin and tip burns on the leaves. Best uses for Hosta are in shaded perennial gardens or massed as a groundcover.
9 - 2
3 - 9
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
Partial Sun, Partial Shade
12"-18" / 30.5cm - 45.7cm
18"-24" / 45.7cm - 61.0cm
Summer, Late Summer
Hybrid Origin, Asia
Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline
Clay, Loam, Sand
Spring, Summer, Fall
White, Lavender, Ivory
Olive, Dark Green
Olive, Dark Green, Slate Gray, Steel Blue
Container, Edging, Feature Plant, Groundcover, Mixed Border
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