- Herbaceous perennial
- USDA hardiness zones:
Hosta longipes is native to Japan. It is a small to medium hosta that typically grows in a rounded clump rising to 9î tall and spreading to 12î wide. Oval, leathery, glossy, dark green leaves (to 8î long and 5î wide) with deeply ribbed veins emerge in spring and remain attractive throughout the growing season. Funnel-shaped lavender flowers appear in late summer on naked, purple-dotted scapes rising above the foliage mound to 12î tall.
- Full sun to part shade
Easily grown in average, medium moisture, well-drained soils in part shade to full shade. Tolerant of a wide range of soil conditions. Does best in rich, moist, organic soils in light, sun-dappled, part shade. Tolerates full shade. Plants need consistent moisture during the growing season. Water is best applied directly to the soil beneath the leaves. Divide plants as needed in spring or autumn. Division is usually easiest in early spring before the leaves unfurl.
Size and growth:
- 0.75 to 1.0 foot
- 0.5 to 0.75 feet
Bloom / flowers:
- August - September
Lavender, Showy flowers, and Humming birds
Hostas are a mainstay of shade gardens. This hosta is best mixed with other perennials in shady borders, shade gardens or woodland gardens.
Slugs and snails are attracted to the foliage, chewing jagged holes in the leaves, and if left unchecked, can cause serious damage over a fairly short period of time. Leaf spots and crown rot are less frequent problems. Otherwise, hostas are virtually pest-free and are considered ideal low-maintenance garden perennials. Leaves, particularly of exposed plants, can be severely damaged by hail storms.