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HOSTA (Montana Group)

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Mark A. Miller

Family

Liliaceae

Botanical Name

HOSTA( Montana Group)

Plant Common Name

Hosta, Plantain Lily

General Description

This is a group of hostas descended from Hosta montana, a native of Japan that thrives in deep shade. They are clump-forming herbaceous perennials with thick, often variegated, leaves and lavender-tinged white flowers in loose clusters on sturdy stems that rise above the leaves. One well-known member of the groups is ‘Aureomarginata,’ which has broad, forest-green leaves with edges of a much lighter green. Among other cultivars, some were discovered and named in Japan, such as 'Choko Nishiki'with leaves that have green edges and a light-green center.

Like most hostas, the cultivars in this group grow best grow best in shaded to partially shaded sites and tolerate a wide range of soils. They are best used in shaded perennial gardens, moist sites under trees, 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

    Full Sun, Partial Sun, Partial Shade, Full Shade

  • Height

    0"-27" / 0.0cm - 68.6cm

  • Width

    0'-30' / 0.0m - 9.1m

  • Bloom Time

    Early Summer, 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)

    Light Green, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Spring) Modifier

    Variegated

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Slate Gray, Steel Blue

  • Foliage Color (Summer) Modifier

    Variegated

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Light Green, Dark 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