Hosta, also known as the plantain lily, is a flowering shrub originally from Eastern Asia. It is very low-maintenance and produces beautiful, watercolor-like foliage, making it a mainstay in gardens across New Jersey. There are more than 40 species of hosta, with approximately 2,500 cultivars of various sizes, textures and leaf shapes.
The lighter your hosta’s foliage, the more sunlight it should receive. However, even hostas with cream-colored leaves should not be planted in direct sunlight. In general, hostas need minimal sunlight. Plant hosta in slightly acidic soil, deep enough for its roots to grow for as long as eight years until the shrub reaches maturity. Fertilize hosta each spring and it will be bring a tropical aesthetic right to your backyard.
Did You Know?
The American Hosta Society (AHS) is a non-profit organization dedicated exclusively to “the study and improvement of the genus Hosta.” AHS is one of more than 100 hosta societies worldwide.
Other Fun Facts About Hosta
- Hosta is named after Dr. Nicholas Host, a former physician to the emperor of Austria.
- Hostas are edible. They are particularly popular in Japanese and other Asian cuisine.