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James H. Schutte
HOSTA 'Sum and Substance'
Hosta, Plantain Lily, Sum and Substance Plantain Lily
Hostas are herbaceous perennials grown for their attractive leaves, tolerance for shade, toughness, and mounding habit. This one, ‘Sum and Substance,' is widely prized for its size and its huge, heavy, leaves that are chartreuse-gold and have a waxy sheen. It’s a massive plant, with the leaves rising high and spreading wide on long, stout petioles (leaf stems), forming an impressive clump. The flowers are pale lavender, and borne on leafless stems above the leaves in mid-summer.
Like most hostas, ‘Sum and Substance grows best in partial shade to full shade, tolerates a wide range of well-drained soils, and prefers average, even moisture. Use it for startling contrasts of size, color, and texture in shaded perennial gardens and woodlands, as a specimen, or massed under large trees to complement their scale and brighten the shade.
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
0"-30" / 0.0cm - 76.2cm
0"-60" / 0.0cm - 152.4cm
Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline
Clay, Loam, Sand
Spring, Summer, Fall
White, Lavender, Ivory
Slate Gray, Steel Blue
Container, Edging, Feature Plant, Groundcover, Mixed Border
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