Clemson in Pickens County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
The Charles and Betty Cruickshank Hosta Garden
Hostas are herbaceous perennials grown primarily for their foliage. There are more than 1500 species, cultivars and hybrids in the genus Hosta, and new ones are introduced every year.
Hosta leaves come in various shades of green, yellow and blue-green. Many cultivars have white, cam, or yellow coloration, or variegation, on their leaves. Variegated and yellow-leafed varieties help to brighten shady gardens. Leaf shapes and sizes also vary, and some have plant-like patterns or wavy margins.
The bell-shaped flowers form on stalks above the foliage. They come in various shades of purple, white, or in striped combinations of these colors. Breeders are continually developing new cultivars, so the flower color palette will probably expand. Flowering occurs from early to late summer, depending on the variety.
Hostas are shade-loving plants but they prefer filtered or dappled light over deep, heavy shade. Provide moist, yet well drained, soil for hostas. In dry soil, plants become stunted and the leaf margins turn brown. During dry spells, apply at least an inch of water each
Hostas often take four to five years to reach their mature size and form. Because of this slow growth, they rarely need to be divided. If you want more plants, or if their growth becomes crowded, divide hostas in the spring or fall.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Horticulture & Forestry. A significant historical year for this entry is 1500.
Location. 34° 40.483′ N, 82° 49.367′ W. Marker is in Clemson, South Carolina, in Pickens County. Marker can be reached from Perimeter Road. Marker is near the Heritage Pond, on the grounds of the South Carolina Botanical Garden. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 150 Discovery Lane, Clemson SC 29634, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 10 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Hosta Garden Donors (within shouting distance of this marker); The T.L. Senn Horticultural Gardens (within shouting distance of this marker); Heritage Gardens (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Heritage Gardens Entrance (about 500 feet away); The Camellia Garden (about 500 feet away); Golden Tigers and Class of 1942 Cadet Life Garden (about 500 feet away); Log House (about 600 feet away); Hunt Cabin (about 600 feet away); Dr. Luther W. Baxter (about 600 feet away); The Hayden Conference Center (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Clemson.
Also see . . .
1. SC Botanical Garden(Submitted on June 3, 2009, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.)
2. South Carolina Botanical Garden. The South Carolina Botanical Garden (295 acres) is located in Clemson, South Carolina on the campus of Clemson University. (Submitted on June 3, 2009, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.)
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