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Herbaceous Perennial

Hosta 'Touchstone' (v)

plantain lily 'Touchstone'

A clump-forming herbaceous perennial producing a mound of broadly oval leaves about 10cm long, mid-green with a white margin and some paler green streaking. Light purple, funnel-shaped flowers are produced on 50cm stems in summer

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Size
Ultimate height
0.1–0.5 metres
Time to ultimate height
2–5 years
Ultimate spread
0.1–0.5 metres
Growing conditions
Clay
Loam
Moisture
Moist but well–drained
pH
Acid, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Green Variegated White
Summer Purple Green Variegated White
Autumn Green Variegated White
Winter
Position
  • Partial shade
Aspect

East–facing or West–facing or North–facing

Exposure
Sheltered
Hardiness
H7
Botanical details
Family
Asparagaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Evergreen
Habit
Clump forming
Genus

Hosta are clump-forming herbaceous perennials with simple, ovate or lance-shaped leaves, often attractively coloured or variegated, and erect racemes of nodding, funnel or bell-shaped flowers in early summer

Name status

Accepted

How to grow

Cultivation

Grow in fertile, moist but well-drained soil in part shade with shelter from cold, dry winds. See hosta cultivation

Propagation

Propagate by division in late summer or early spring

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • City and courtyard gardens
  • Cottage and informal garden
  • Patio and container plants
  • Cut flowers
  • Flower borders and beds
  • Underplanting of roses and shrubs
Pruning

Remove spent leaves and flower stems as required and clear up dead foliage when it dies back at the end of the growing season

Pests

May be susceptible to slugs, snails and vine weevil

Diseases

May be subject to a virus

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