Hosta ventricosa – (Blue Plantain Lily)


An excellent plant for ground cover providing a textural quality to the border with its display of beautiful leaves. A hardy low maintenance plant.


This hosta is easily grown in average, medium moisture, well-drained soils in part shade to full shade.  It can tolerate full sun in cool summer climates, but elsewhere it is best in part shade (some morning sun).

It is a hardy plant with heart-shaped, rich dark green leaves and bell-shaped, dark lavender and beautifully veined flowers, which are  more richly coloured than any of the other Hostas.

Ventricosa plants can tolerant of a wide range of soil conditions. Plants perform best in rich, moist, organic soils but they can tolerate  dry shade when they are mature. Plants can be divided in spring or autumn but is usually best done in spring before the leaves appear.

NOTE: Shipment to Australia requires extra steps such as fumigation and may incur extra cost

Sowing advice

Sow indoors and at any time. These seeds are prone to damping off, so ensure seed tray and soil used is sterile. These flat seeds should be sown on their edge into moist, well-drained seed compost. Ideal temp.  is 16-18°C. Germination should occur in 1-3 months. If germination does not occur put into the fridge ( vege compartment is good) and keep at -4-+4°C for 2-4 weeks, then return to warmth for germination. Transplant seeds when large enough to handle to 8cm pots and grow on. Acclimatise if the outdoor temp. is below 10°C and plant out after danger of frost has passed. You can transplant directly if the seedlings are well grown and the weather is warm.

Additional information


Hardy Perennial

Common Name

Blue Plantain Lily



Maximum Height

50 cm

Number of seeds in packet