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Asousa1288
Apr 22, 2018 6:37 AM CST
Hi everyone, I recently moved into a rental and am starting to fix up the landscaping. The front of the home is munched, and I noticed these green growths and sprouts. At first I thought they were Hosta but the stem seems a bit too long. I've asked around and was told either Hosta or a weed. There are many sprouts within the area.
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Christine
Apr 22, 2018 6:55 AM CST
I'm going with hosta, other members will know for sure the exact species

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Asousa1288
Apr 22, 2018 6:58 AM CST
Christine said:I'm going with hosta, other members will know for sure the exact species

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Thank you very much! I'm really hoping they are Hosta. I don't have much of a green thumb and the area seems pretty full with them.

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crawgarden
Apr 22, 2018 7:12 AM CST
Don't think it's hostas, maybe Solomon's Seal
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purpleinopp
Apr 22, 2018 7:14 AM CST
Agree with some kind of Polygonatum species, usually considered desirable, and less pedestrian than Hosta. Definitely not Hosta.
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DebbieC
Apr 22, 2018 7:27 AM CST
Definately Solomon Seal; one of the variegated varieties.
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Christine
Apr 22, 2018 7:34 AM CST
What a nice plant that is, I've never seen it before and its deer resilient that makes it even better than a hosta.
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pirl
Apr 22, 2018 7:35 AM CST
I agree with Tiffany that it is a Polygonatum, definitely not hosta. I have a field of them and enjoy the lily-of-the-valley look of them.
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Variegated Solomon's Seal (Polygonatum x hybridum 'Striatum')

For comparison, here's what a hosta looks like as it emerges in spring:


They are very easy to lift and move to another spot.

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