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Praying Hands Hosta

Hosta 'Praying Hands'

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Praying Hands Hosta (Hosta 'Praying Hands') at Ashcombe Farm & Greenhouses

Hosta 'Praying Hands' foliage

Hosta 'Praying Hands' foliage

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Praying Hands Hosta (Hosta 'Praying Hands') at Ashcombe Farm & Greenhouses

Hosta 'Praying Hands' in bloom

Hosta 'Praying Hands' in bloom

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  18 inches

Spacing:  12 inches

Sunlight:  partial shade  full shade 

Hardiness Zone:  3a

Other Names:  Plantain Lily, Funkia

Description:

Like no other hosta, one for the collectors; upright narrow tightly folded leaves resembling praying hands; dark green with a narrow gold margin and shiny undersides; provides a dramatic accent for the garden or border; lavender flowers are plentiful

Ornamental Features

Praying Hands Hosta features dainty spikes of lavender tubular flowers rising above the foliage in late summer. Its attractive recurved narrow leaves remain dark green in color with distinctive gold edges throughout the season. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Praying Hands Hosta is a dense herbaceous perennial with tall flower stalks held atop a low mound of foliage. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other garden plants with less refined foliage.

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

  • Insects

Praying Hands Hosta is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • Border Edging
  • General Garden Use
  • Groundcover

Planting & Growing

Praying Hands Hosta will grow to be about 18 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 16 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 12 inches apart. Its foliage tends to remain dense right to the ground, not requiring facer plants in front. It grows at a slow 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 particular variety is an interspecific hybrid. It can be propagated by division; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Massing  Edging  Garden  Groundcover 
Applications
Flowers  Foliage Color  Texture  Plant Form 
Ornamental Features