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