Closed-Flower Hosta flowers
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Plant Height: 8 inches
Flower Height: 20 inches
Spacing: 30 inches
Hardiness Zone: 2a
Other Names: Plantain Lily, Funkia
Closed-Flower Hosta has masses of beautiful spikes of plum purple trumpet-shaped flowers with fuchsia overtones rising above the foliage in mid summer, which emerge from distinctive purple flower buds, and which are most effective when planted in groupings. Its small heart-shaped leaves remain emerald green in colour throughout the season. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.
Closed-Flower 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 plant will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, 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;
Closed-Flower Hosta is recommended for the following landscape applications;
- Mass Planting
- Border Edging
- General Garden Use
Planting & Growing
Closed-Flower Hosta will grow to be about 8 inches tall at maturity extending to 20 inches tall with the flowers, with a spread of 3 feet. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 30 inches apart. Its foliage tends to remain low and dense right to the ground. 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 species is not originally from North America. It can be propagated by division.