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Hosta crispula - F.Maek.
                 
Common Name
Family Funkiaceae
USDA hardiness 4-8
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Not known in a truly wild situation, it is probably of garden origin[200].
Range E. Asia - Japan.
Edibility Rating  
Other Uses  
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating  
Care
Fully Hardy Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun

Summary

Hosta crispula


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Hosta crispula
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Physical Characteristics
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Hosta crispula is a PERENNIAL growing to 0.6 m (2ft) by 1 m (3ft 3in) at a slow rate.
It is hardy to zone (UK) 4 and is not frost tender. It is in flower from Jun to July. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs)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 semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist soil.

Synonyms

Habitats
Woodland Garden Sunny Edge; Dappled Shade; Shady Edge; Ground Cover;
Edible Uses
Edible Parts: Stem.
Edible Uses:

Leaf stems - raw or cooked[K]. Crisp and sweet but rather fibrous and chewy[K].
Medicinal Uses
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None known
Other Uses
A good ground cover plant[197]. Plants should be spaced about 45cm apart each way[208].
Cultivation details
Thrives in most fertile soils if they are rich in humus[200]. Grows well in heavy clay soils and in sandy ones[208]. Very limy soils inhibit growth, but plants can thrive in such a situation if plenty of humus is added[208]. Prefers a pH between 6 and 7[200]. Requires a rich soil that does not dry out readily[1]. Succeeds in full sun as well as in deep shade, growing well in the semi-shade of a woodland[200, 233]. In general, the sunnier the position the moister the soil should be[233]. Another report says that the plant should be grown in full shade[251]. 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[208]. Plants flower better when grown in a sunny position but the foliage is better when the plant is in a shady position[200]. Requires some protection from the wind[188, 251]. A very slow-growing plant[251], 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[233]. Members of this genus are rarely if ever troubled by browsing deer or rabbits[233]. 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'[251]. Especially when grown in less than ideal conditions, this species is easily confused with H. 'Thomas Hogg' and H. fortunei 'Albomarginata'[200]. Hybridizes freely with other members of this genus[200]. There are some named forms selected for their ornamental value[200]. This species is prone to virus disease[188, 251].
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[233]. It is best carried out in March as growth commences or in early autumn if the soil is not too dry[200]. 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[200].

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Conservation Status
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Elizabeth H.
Kathy Thu Jun 19 16:35:30 2003
I would like to have these white hosata,,how could I source some..i live in Ontariop Canada
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