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Uses

Edible uses

Notes

Young leaves and leaf stems - cooked. The white part of the stem is boiled[1][2][3].

Leaves

Material uses

A good ground cover plant[4], succeeding in dense shade but rather slow to spread[5]. Plants should be spaced about 60cm apart each way[6].
There are no material uses listed for Hosta ventricosa.

Medicinal uses(Warning!)

Odontalgic[7]. The root is used.

Unknown part

Ecology

Ecosystem niche/layer

Soil surface

Ecological Functions

Ground cover

Forage

Nothing listed.

Shelter

Nothing listed.

Propagation

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[8]. It is best carried out in March as growth commences or in early autumn if the soil is not too dry[9]. 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[9].

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Cultivation

Thrives in most fertile soils if they are rich in humus[9]. Grows well in heavy clay soils and in sandy ones[6]. Very limy soils inhibit growth, but plants can thrive in such a situation if plenty of humus is added[6]. Prefers a pH between 6 and 7[9]. Requires a rich soil that does not dry out readily[10]. Succeeds in full sun as well as in deep shade, growing well in the semi-shade of a woodland[9][8]. In general, the sunnier the position the moister the soil should be[8]. 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[6]. Plants flower better when grown in a sunny position but the foliage is better when the plant is in a shady position[9].

Plants are in general fully hardy in Britain, but 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[8]. A vigorous plant, forming medium to large clumps[9]. Hybridizes freely with other members of this genus[9]. Since this species produces its seed apomictically, it should breed true[9] (unless there is also cross pollination of course). Cultivated for its root (used medicinally) in China[7]. Members of this genus are rarely if ever troubled by browsing deer or rabbits[8]. Plants are very attractive to slugs and snails, the young shoots in spring are especially at risk[111, K].

A number of named forms have been selected for their ornamental value[11].

Crops

Problems, pests & diseases

Associations & Interactions

There are no interactions listed for Hosta ventricosa. Do you know of an interaction that should be listed here? edit this page to add it.

Polycultures & Guilds

There are no polycultures listed which include Hosta ventricosa.

Descendants

Cultivars

Varieties

None listed.

Subspecies

None listed.

Full Data

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Taxonomy
Binomial name
Hosta ventricosa
Genus
Hosta
Family
Funkiaceae
Imported References
Edible uses
Medicinal uses
Material uses & Functions
Botanic
Propagation
Cultivation
Environment
Cultivation
Uses
Edible uses
None listed.
Material uses
None listed.
Medicinal uses
None listed.
Functions & Nature
Functions
Provides forage for
Provides shelter for
Environment
Hardiness Zone
5
Heat Zone
?
Water
moderate
Sun
full sun
Shade
permanent shade
Soil PH
Soil Texture
Soil Water Retention
Environmental Tolerances
    Ecosystems
    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.
    Life
    Deciduous or Evergreen
    ?
    Herbaceous or Woody
    ?
    Life Cycle
    Growth Rate
    ?
    Mature Size
    Fertility
    Pollinators
    Flower Colour
    ?
    Flower Type

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    References

    1. ? 1.01.1 Uphof. J. C. Th. Dictionary of Economic Plants. Weinheim (1959-00-00)
    2. ? 2.02.1 Usher. G. A Dictionary of Plants Used by Man. Constable ISBN 0094579202 (1974-00-00)
    3. ? 3.03.1 Kunkel. G. Plants for Human Consumption. Koeltz Scientific Books ISBN 3874292169 (1984-00-00)
    4. ? 4.04.1 RHS. The Garden. Volume 111. Royal Horticultural Society (1986-00-00)
    5. ? 5.05.1 Royal Horticultural Society. Ground Cover Plants. Cassells. ISBN 0-304-31089-1 (1989-00-00)
    6. ? 6.06.16.26.36.4 Thomas. G. S. Plants for Ground Cover J. M. Dent & Sons ISBN 0-460-12609-1 (1990-00-00)
    7. ? 7.07.17.27.3 Komarov. V. L. Flora of the USSR. Israel Program for Scientific Translation (1968-00-00)
    8. ? 8.08.18.28.38.4 Thomas. G. S. Perennial Garden Plants J. M. Dent & Sons, London. ISBN 0 460 86048 8 (1990-00-00)
    9. ? 9.09.19.29.39.49.59.69.79.89.9 Huxley. A. The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992. MacMillan Press ISBN 0-333-47494-5 (1992-00-00)
    10. ? F. Chittendon. RHS Dictionary of Plants plus Supplement. 1956 Oxford University Press (1951-00-00)
    11. ? Phillips. R. & Rix. M. Perennials Volumes 1 and 2. Pan Books ISBN 0-330-30936-9 (1991-00-00)
    12. ? [Flora of China] (1994-00-00)

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