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Purple Heart Hosta

Hosta 'Purple Heart'

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Purple Heart Hosta (Hosta 'Purple Heart') at Valley View Farms

Purple Heart Hosta

Purple Heart Hosta

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Plant Height:  15 inches

Flower Height:  24 inches

Spacing:  26 inches

Sunlight:  partial shade  full shade 

Hardiness Zone:  3a

Other Names:  Plantain Lily, Funkia

Description:

Glossy lime to green leaves with deep red petioles whose color rises up into the midrib of the leaves; spikes of lavender flowers in summer; perfect for border edges or in containers

Ornamental Features

Purple Heart Hosta features dainty spikes of lavender tubular flowers rising above the foliage from early to mid summer. Its attractive glossy heart-shaped leaves emerge lime green in spring, turning green in color throughout the season. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Purple Heart Hosta is a dense herbaceous perennial with tall flower stalks held atop a low mound of foliage. Its medium texture blends into the garden, but can always be balanced by a couple of finer or coarser plants for an effective composition.

This is a relatively low maintenance plant, 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;

  • Insects

Purple Heart Hosta is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • Border Edging
  • General Garden Use
  • Groundcover

Planting & Growing

Purple Heart Hosta will grow to be about 15 inches tall at maturity extending to 24 inches tall with the flowers, with a spread of 30 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 26 inches apart. Its foliage tends to remain dense right to the ground, not requiring facer plants in front. 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 particular variety is an interspecific hybrid. It can be propagated by division; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Massing  Edging  Garden  Groundcover 
Applications
Flowers  Foliage Color  Plant Form 
Ornamental Features
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