Purple Heart Hosta
Hosta 'Purple Heart'
Purple Heart Hosta
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Plant Height: 15 inches
Flower Height: 24 inches
Spacing: 26 inches
Hardiness Zone: 3
Other Names: Plantain Lily, Funkia
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
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.
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;
Purple Heart Hosta is recommended for the following landscape applications;
- Mass Planting
- Border Edging
- General Garden Use
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. As an herbaceous perennial, this plant will usually die back to the crown each winter, and will regrow from the base each spring. Be careful not to disturb the crown in late winter when it may not be readily seen!
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.