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Plantain Lily

Hosta plantaginea

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Plantain Lily (Hosta plantaginea) at Ashcombe Farm & Greenhouses

Hosta plantaginea foliage

Hosta plantaginea foliage

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Plantain Lily (Hosta plantaginea) at Ashcombe Farm & Greenhouses

Hosta plantaginea

Hosta plantaginea

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Plant Height:  18 inches

Flower Height:  28 inches

Spacing:  30 inches

Sunlight:  partial shade  full shade 

Hardiness Zone:  3a

Other Names:  Funkia, Hosta, August Lily

Ornamental Features

Plantain Lily features dainty spikes of fragrant white tubular flowers rising above the foliage in mid summer. Its large textured heart-shaped leaves remain light green in color throughout the season. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Plantain Lily is a dense herbaceous perennial with tall flower stalks held atop a low mound of foliage. Its relatively coarse texture can be used to stand it apart from other garden plants with finer foliage.

This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and is best cleaned up in early spring before it resumes active growth for the season. It is a good choice for attracting hummingbirds to your yard. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

  • Insects

Plantain Lily is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • General Garden Use
  • Groundcover

Planting & Growing

Plantain Lily will grow to be about 18 inches tall at maturity extending to 28 inches tall with the flowers, with a spread of 3 feet. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 30 inches apart. Its foliage tends to remain dense right to the ground, not requiring facer plants in front. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years.

This plant does best in partial shade to shade. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This species is not originally from North America. It can be propagated by division.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Massing  Garden  Groundcover 
Applications
Flowers  Texture  Plant Form  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features