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HOSTA 'Sweet Susan'

Image of Hosta 'Sweet Susan'

Family

Liliaceae

Botanical Name

HOSTA 'Sweet Susan'

Plant Common Name

Hosta, Plantain Lily, Sweet Susan Plantain Lily

General Description

Hostas are herbaceous perennials grown for their attractive leaves, tolerance for shade, toughness, and mounding habit. This one, ‘Sweet Susan,' grows as a dense, mounded clump of medium green, heart-shaped leaves. It is a robust medium-to-large hosta and blooms with a profusion of fragrant, funnel-shaped lavender flowers borne in clusters on stems that rise above the leaves. The plant often reblooms after the first flush of flowers.

Like most hostas, ‘Sweet Susan’ grows best in partial shade to full shade, tolerates a wide range of well-drained soils, and prefers average, even moisture. Unlike most hosta, it also tolerates a good bit of sun. Use it for contrasts of silhouette and texture in shaded perennial gardens and woodlands, 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"-18" / 0.0cm - 45.7cm

  • Width

    0"-30" / 0.0cm - 76.2cm

  • Bloom Time

    Late 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)

    Sea Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Slate Gray, Steel Blue

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Sea 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