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Edible uses


Leaf stems - raw or cooked[K]. Crisp and sweet but rather fibrous and chewy[K].

Material uses

A good ground cover plant[1]. Plants should be spaced about 45cm apart each way[2].
There are no material uses listed for Hosta crispula.

Medicinal uses(Warning!)

There are no medicinal uses listed for Hosta crispula.


Ecosystem niche/layer

Soil surface

Ecological Functions

Ground cover


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Seed - sow spring in a lightly shaded position in a greenhouse and only just cover the seed. Germination usually takes place within 1 - 3 months at 10°c. Make sure you keep the compost moist. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for at least their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts. Division is possible at almost any time of the year so long as there is sufficient moisture[3]. It is best carried out in March as growth commences or in early autumn if the soil is not too dry[4]. Hostas can be left undivided for many years and should not be divided any more frequently than once every 3 - 5 years to allow the leaves to reach maturity[4].

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Thrives in most fertile soils if they are rich in humus[4]. Grows well in heavy clay soils and in sandy ones[2]. Very limy soils inhibit growth, but plants can thrive in such a situation if plenty of humus is added[2]. Prefers a pH between 6 and 7[4]. Requires a rich soil that does not dry out readily[5]. Succeeds in full sun as well as in deep shade, growing well in the semi-shade of a woodland[4][3]. In general, the sunnier the position the moister the soil should be[3]. Another report says that the plant should be grown in full shade[6]. Plants are best not grown under trees in town gardens since the soot washed from the leaves of the trees in wet weather will tend to remain on the hosta[2]. Plants flower better when grown in a sunny position but the foliage is better when the plant is in a shady position[4]. Requires some protection from the wind[7][6].

A very slow-growing plant[6], it is in general fully hardy in Britain, but the young leaves in spring can be destroyed by frost. New leaves are only produced in the spring and very early summer, so any damage at this time has a deep effect on the plant[3]. Members of this genus are rarely if ever troubled by browsing deer or rabbits[3]. Plants are very attractive to slugs and snails, the young shoots in spring are especially at risk[111, K]. This plant is not recognised as a species by some authorities, who see it as a garden hybrid H. 'Crispula'[6]. Especially when grown in less than ideal conditions, this species is easily confused with H. 'Thomas Hogg' and H. fortunei 'Albomarginata'[4]. Hybridizes freely with other members of this genus[4]. There are some named forms selected for their ornamental value[4].

This species is prone to virus disease[7][6].


Problems, pests & diseases

Associations & Interactions

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Polycultures & Guilds

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Full Data

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Binomial name
Hosta crispula
Imported References
Edible uses
Medicinal uses
Material uses & Functions
Edible uses
None listed.
Material uses
None listed.
Medicinal uses
None listed.
Functions & Nature
Provides forage for
Provides shelter for
Hardiness Zone
Heat Zone
full sun
light shade
Soil PH
Soil Texture
Soil Water Retention
Environmental Tolerances
    Native Climate Zones
    None listed.
    Adapted Climate Zones
    None listed.
    Native Geographical Range
    None listed.
    Native Environment
    None listed.
    Ecosystem Niche
    Root Zone Tendancy
    None listed.
    Deciduous or Evergreen
    Herbaceous or Woody
    Life Cycle
    Growth Rate
    Mature Size
    Flower Colour
    Flower Type


    1. ? 1.01.1 Royal Horticultural Society. Ground Cover Plants. Cassells. ISBN 0-304-31089-1 (1989-00-00)
    2. ? Thomas. G. S. Plants for Ground Cover J. M. Dent & Sons ISBN 0-460-12609-1 (1990-00-00)
    3. ? Thomas. G. S. Perennial Garden Plants J. M. Dent & Sons, London. ISBN 0 460 86048 8 (1990-00-00)
    4. ? Huxley. A. The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992. MacMillan Press ISBN 0-333-47494-5 (1992-00-00)
    5. ? F. Chittendon. RHS Dictionary of Plants plus Supplement. 1956 Oxford University Press (1951-00-00)
    6. ? Grenfell. Diana The Gardener's Guide to Growing Hostas David &Charles ISBN 0-7153-0431-3 (1996-00-00)
    7. ? 7.07.1 Brickell. C. The RHS Gardener's Encyclopedia of Plants and Flowers Dorling Kindersley Publishers Ltd. ISBN 0-86318-386-7 (1990-00-00)