Hosta 'Purple Heart'
plantain lily 'Purple Heart'
A clump-forming herbaceous perennial. It has lime to green leaves, with bases flushed maroon atop dark maroon to almost black petioles. Pale purple flowers are borne on maroon coloured spikes in late Summer
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Ultimate height0.1–0.5 metres
Time to ultimate height2–5 years
Ultimate spread0.5–1 metres
MoistureMoist but well–drained, Well–drained
Colour & scent
- Full shade
- Partial shade
North–facing or East–facing or West–facing
- Native to the UK
- Clump forming
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
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How to grow
Performs best in neutral or slightly acid soil that is moist but well drained, sheltered from cold dry winds in partial shade. Will not tolerate drought. Apply a mulch in Spring. Leaf colour may be poor if planted in chalky soil.
Propagate by division
Suggested planting locations and garden types
- City and courtyard gardens
- Cottage and informal garden
- Patio and container plants
- Flower borders and beds
- Underplanting of roses and shrubs
- Ground cover
Remove dead foliage when growing season is over
May be susceptible to a virus
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