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Neptune Hosta

Hosta 'Neptune'

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Neptune Hosta (Hosta 'Neptune') at Echter's Nursery & Garden Center

Hosta 'Neptune' foliage

Hosta 'Neptune' foliage

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Plant Height:  24 inches

Flower Height:  3 feet

Spacing:  3 feet

Sunlight:  partial shade  full shade 

Hardiness Zone:  3a

Other Names:  Plantain Lily, Funkia

Description:

Narrow, wedge shaped leaves emerge bright blue and turn more blue-green as the season progresses; heavily rippled leaves have good substance; lavender flowers on arching stems in late summer; perfect for shade and woodland gardens

Ornamental Features

Neptune Hosta features dainty spikes of lavender tubular flowers rising above the foliage from late summer to early fall. Its attractive narrow leaves emerge blue in spring, turning bluish-green in color throughout the season. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Neptune Hosta is a dense herbaceous perennial with tall flower stalks held atop a low mound of foliage. Its medium texture blends into the garden, but can always be balanced by a couple of finer or coarser plants for an effective composition.

This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and is best cleaned up in early spring before it resumes active growth for the season. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

  • Insects

Neptune Hosta is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • Border Edging
  • General Garden Use
  • Groundcover

Planting & Growing

Neptune Hosta will grow to be about 24 inches tall at maturity extending to 3 feet tall with the flowers, with a spread of 4 feet. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 3 feet apart. Its foliage tends to remain dense right to the ground, not requiring facer plants in front. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years.

This plant does best in partial shade to shade. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid. It can be propagated by division; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Massing  Edging  Garden  Groundcover 
Applications
Flowers  Foliage Color  Plant Form 
Ornamental Features

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