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HOSTA 'Invincible'

Image of Hosta 'Invincible'

James H. Schutte

Family

Liliaceae

Botanical Name

HOSTA 'Invincible'

Plant Common Name

Hosta, Invincible Plantain Lily, Plantain Lily

General Description

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.

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

  • Height

    12"-18" / 30.5cm - 45.7cm

  • Width

    18"-24" / 45.7cm - 61.0cm

  • Bloom Time

    Summer, Late Summer

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin, 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)

    Olive, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Olive, Dark Green, Slate Gray, Steel Blue

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Olive, Dark 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

    Glossy

  • 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