Hosta Foliage

Common Names: Hosta, Hosta Leaves, Hosta Lily, Heartleaf Plantain Lily

Botanical names: Hosta

Availability: Spring through Fall

Vase life: 10 to 14 days

Storage temperatures: 36 - 38 degrees Fahrenheit

Ethylene Sensitive: Yes

Description: Hosta leaves come in various shapes, including heart-shaped, oval, lance-shaped, or elongated. They can range from small to large, depending on the hosta variety. Many hosta varieties feature variegated foliage.

Color: Shades of green, blue-green, chartreuse, gold, yellow, and variegated combinations of these hues.

Botanical facts: While hosta foliage is the main attraction, the plants also produce flowers on tall stalks during the summer months.

Design notes: Adding hosta foliage to a floral arrangement can bring a lush, verdant element that complements the flowers beautifully.

Purchasing hints: Look for leaves that appear fresh and are free from damage, discoloration, or signs of pest infestation.

Conditioning: Gently wash the leaves with water to remove any dirt or debris. Cut two inches off of the stem ends with a sharp knife. Hydrate in a solution of water and commercial floral food for two hours before storage or usage.

Additional notes: Hosta leaves are edible and can be used in various culinary applications.