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hosta ventricosa - Stearn.

Common Name Blue plantain lily, Hosta
Family Funkiaceae
USDA hardiness 3-9
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Rocky or stony river banks near ponds and lakes[74]. Forests, grassy slopes and hillsides at elevations of 500 - 2400 metres[266].
Range E. Asia - China.
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Fully Hardy Moist Soil Full shade Semi-shade Full sun
hosta ventricosa Blue plantain lily, Hosta


hosta ventricosa Blue plantain lily, Hosta
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Summary

Bloom Color: Purple. Main Bloom Time: Mid summer. Form: Rounded, Upright or erect.


Physical Characteristics

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hosta ventricosa is a PERENNIAL growing to 0.6 m (2ft) by 1 m (3ft 3in) at a medium rate.
It is hardy to zone (UK) 5 and is not frost tender. It is in flower from May to July, and the seeds ripen from August to September. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and is pollinated by Apomictic (reproduce by seeds formed without sexual fusion). The plant is self-fertile.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and can grow in heavy clay soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It can grow in full shade (deep woodland) semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist soil.

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Synonyms

H. ovata. Funkia caerulea. F. ovata.

Habitats

Woodland Garden Sunny Edge; Dappled Shade; Shady Edge; not Deep Shade; Ground Cover;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Leaves  Stem
Edible Uses:

Young leaves and leaf stems - cooked. The white part of the stem is boiled[46, 61, 177].

Medicinal Uses

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Odontalgic

Odontalgic[74]. The root is used.

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Other Uses

A good ground cover plant[104], succeeding in dense shade but rather slow to spread[197]. Plants should be spaced about 60cm apart each way[208].

Cultivation details

Landscape Uses:Border, Container, Foundation, Ground cover, Seashore, Specimen. Thrives in most fertile soils if they are rich in humus[200]. Grows well in heavy clay soils and in sandy ones[208]. Very limy soils inhibit growth, but plants can thrive in such a situation if plenty of humus is added[208]. Prefers a pH between 6 and 7[200]. Requires a rich soil that does not dry out readily[1]. Succeeds in full sun as well as in deep shade, growing well in the semi-shade of a woodland[200, 233]. In general, the sunnier the position the moister the soil should be[233]. Plants are best not grown under trees in town gardens since the soot washed from the leaves of the trees in wet weather will tend to remain on the hosta[208]. Plants flower better when grown in a sunny position but the foliage is better when the plant is in a shady position[200]. Plants are in general fully hardy in Britain, but young leaves in spring can be destroyed by frost. New leaves are only produced in the spring and very early summer, so any damage at this time has a deep effect on the plant[233]. A vigorous plant, forming medium to large clumps[200]. Hybridizes freely with other members of this genus[200]. Since this species produces its seed apomictically, it should breed true[200] (unless there is also cross pollination of course). Cultivated for its root (used medicinally) in China[74]. Members of this genus are rarely if ever troubled by browsing deer or rabbits[233]. Plants are very attractive to slugs and snails, the young shoots in spring are especially at risk[111, K]. A number of named forms have been selected for their ornamental value[187]. Special Features:Attractive foliage, Naturalizing, Suitable for cut flowers.

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Propagation

Seed - sow spring in a lightly shaded position in a greenhouse and only just cover the seed. Germination usually takes place within 1 - 3 months at 10°c. Make sure you keep the compost moist. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for at least their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts. Division is possible at almost any time of the year so long as there is sufficient moisture[233]. It is best carried out in March as growth commences or in early autumn if the soil is not too dry[200]. Hostas can be left undivided for many years and should not be divided any more frequently than once every 3 - 5 years to allow the leaves to reach maturity[200].

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

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