Blue Platain Lily, AKA HOSTA VENTRICOSA , Flowers seeds, shade loving , Perennial
Hosta ventricosa is a PERENNIAL growing to 0.6 m (2ft) by 1 m (3ft 3in) at a medium rate.
It is hardy to zone 3 and is not frost tender.
It is in flower from May to July, and the seeds ripen from August to September. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and is pollinated by Apomictic (reproduce by seeds formed without sexual fusion). The plant is self-fertile.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and can grow in heavy clay soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils.
It can grow in full shade (deep woodland) semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist soil.
Life Cycle: Perennial
Distinction: Award of Garden Merit (A.G.M.) from the Royal Horticultural Society.
Basic Colour: (violet)
Flower Colour: violet-blue
Winter Hardiness Zones: Z3 - Z9
Height with Flowers: 100 cm
Soil Requirements: average
Characteristics: ornamental foliage plant
Usage: suitable for cutting
Growing Hosta from flower seed is a simple procedure. Hosta seeds sprout nicely indoors, under normal house conditions, with temperatures running 60 - 70F. Use a "peaty" starter mix and just lightly cover the seed with peat moss. Keep the Hosta seed moist but not saturated until germination. Sow seeds 8 - 10 weeks before frost season ends. Hosta care includes keeping the plant moist throughout the hot months of the summer. As a rule, they need 1 inch of water every week.