blue plantain lily

Hosta ventricosa | Also known as: Murasaki-giboshi, savannah wood Hosta coerulea | Rating: 0 votes | Print / Pdf

Heart-shaped leaves and purple bells make a stunning combination.

The mass of lustrous, dark green heart-shaped leaves produced by hosta ventricosa or blue plantain lily are eye-catching in their own right but the show doesn’t stop with the foliage. This plant produces beautiful purple bell-shaped blooms in summer, which are supported on slender stems and quickly draw attention to blue plantain lily wherever it is situated. Partial shade and a moist loamy or clay soil with good drainage will make this a very happy plant indeed and for additional plant care mulch can be applied in spring. Blue plantain lily looks striking in a border or nestled within a bed and it is a fantastic plant for covering up bare areas through either under-planting or using it for groundcover. There’s no need to put up with boring unused spaces or unloved shaded areas as blue plantain lily will bring great colour and attractive looks to these parts of your garden.

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Known dangers?
  • no
Height [m]
  • 0.5
Spread [m]
  • 0.9
Dominant flower colour
  • Purple
Flower Fragrance
  • No, neutral please
Flowering seasons
  • Late summer
Foliage in spring
  • Green
Foliage in summer
  • Green
  • Yes, let it smell
Propagation methods
  • seed
  • division
Growth habit
  • Clump-forming
  • Acidic
  • Neutral
Hardiness zone
  • Z3-9
Heat zone
  • H9-2
Winter temperatures [°C]
  • -40 - -1
Heat days
  • 1 - 150
  • well-drained
  • well-drained but frequently watered
Soil type
  • Clay
  • loams
Sun requirements
  • Partial shade
  • Sheltered
Standard category
  • Flowers & bulbs
  • Perennials
Grown for
  • Ornamental Foliage
Creative category
  • Kid Approved
  • For Beginners
  • Pond plants
  • Tough survivors
  • Author's choice
Garden type
  • Cottage garden
  • Containers
  • Pond
Garden spaces
  • Underplanting
  • Borders
Gardening expertise
  • beginner
Time to reach full size
  • 2 to 5 years
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