Facts About Hosta Plants


Hostas, also known as funkias and plantain lilies, are good under-tree plants because they are easy to grow and prefer the shade. They are grown primarily for their foliage, which can be variegated or solid, in all shades of blue, green, gold and white. Hostas are a member of the lily family (Liliaceae).

Hostas provide wonderful foliage for your landscape. image by "hosta leaf" is Copyrighted by Flickr user: leezie5 under the Creative Commons Attribution license.


Foliage ranges from 6 inches to 3 feet in height with many different colors, leaf textures and leaf shapes. Hostas can have lily-like flowers on stalks, ranging in color from blue to green to purple to white.


Hostas prefer to grow in shade with some morning sun. They are drought tolerant, but do best with regular watering and summer mulching to retain moisture. Soil should be near neutral in pH.


Most hosta varieties do fine in USDA hardiness zones of 3 (for example, Wisconsin and Montana) to 9 (for example, Texas and Florida).


To propagate a hosta, divide and plant its root clumps. Early spring is the best time. Divide once every three to five years for the health of the plant.

Fun Facts

There are now over 100 hosta societies. The American Hosta Society is one of the best known.


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T.M. Samuels has been a freelance writer since 1993. She has published works in "Arthritis Today," "Alabama Living" and "Mature Years," and is the author of a gardening book. Samuels studied pre-medicine at Berry College.