Common: Fragrant Plantain-Lily
General Characteristics: Best in light shade with some morning sun. Tolerant of a wide range of soil conditions. Performs best in rich, moist, organic soils with a preference for consistent moisture during the growing season. Plants have tolerance for some dry shade once established. Water is best applied directly to the soil beneath the leaves.
A near perfect perennial requiring very little maintenance and is virtually pest free. Seldom needs maintenance except to cut out the old flower stalks. Prefers a well-drained soil with a pH of 6.0-6.5 and about 1" of water a week. Do not over-fertilize.
Tip: This species is a slow grower and will take several years to reach mature shape.
Use: This very large hosta may be best utilized as a specimen or large clump planting.
Garden Use: Hostas have a mounded growth habit and are ideal for a specimen plant, border, edging or woodland setting. May also be used for rock gardens, near pools, and as ground covers.