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Herbaceous Perennial

Hosta rectifolia

straight-leaved plantain lily

H. rectifolia is an herbaceous perennial of clump-forming, semi-upright habit. Leaves are ovate, shiny, mid-green with a wavy edge. Slightly bell-shaped, tubular flowers, of mid to bright-purple, are held on stems to 1m tall in late summer

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Size
Ultimate height
0.5–1 metres
Time to ultimate height
2–5 years
Ultimate spread
0.5–1 metres
Growing conditions
Clay
Loam
Moisture
Moist but well–drained
pH
Acid, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Green
Summer Purple Green
Autumn Green
Winter
Position
  • Partial shade
Aspect

North–facing or West–facing or East–facing

Exposure
Sheltered
Hardiness
H7
Botanical details
Family
Asparagaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Deciduous
Habit
Bushy
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

Correct

Plant range
Japan

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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

Propagation is by division in early spring. Seed-raised offspring of species and particularly cultivars will be variable

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • Coastal
  • City and courtyard gardens
  • Cottage and informal garden
  • Flower borders and beds
  • Ground cover
  • Underplanting of roses and shrubs
Pruning

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

Pests

Slugs and snails are the main problem, but vine weevils, voles, mice and deer can also be problematic

Diseases

Problems with a virus are becoming more common

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