Partial to Full Shade

6 in to 3 ft tall

Lily Family (Plantain Lily)

Usually partial to full shade, moist soild, altough some Hostas are sun tolerant. As a general rule: yellow hostas need more sun, blue hostas need shade.  White, pink, or purple blooms form on a flower stalk at varying times during the Summer. Some Hostas are very fragant (e.g., Royal Standard).

There are more than 2500 Hosta culitvars. When choosing consider color, height and where you are planting. For most Hostas the filiage is the most dominant part.

Hostas should be divided every three years in the Fall or Spring. The advantage of dividing Hostas in the Fall is it doesn't disturb new foliage.  In Spring as the new shoots start to come up, spinkle a one-half inch of Black Kow (commercially available composted cow manure) over them.

Slugs and snails like Hostas.  SLUGGO non-metaldehyde bait is safe to use around pets and wildlife.

Zones 3-9

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5 Fridays of Butteflies

Mountain Garden Club’s Monarch Butterfly Learning Activities for K and 1st Grade Students at Highlands School


May ??

May ??

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Margie Potts’
and Bonnylin
Covey’s K
# of kids =?
Session 5. Monarch Migration
Objective: Students learn that monarch butterflies spend the
winter in the mountains of Mexico, then fly back to the USA in the
Outdoor Migration Game - Highlands School Soccer Field and
the girl
Students divide into 4 groups for a relay game. One group goes to
each of these 4 stations.
• Mountains of Mexico
• USA Gulf Coast
• USA Great Lakes
• USA North Carolina
Students at the Mountains of Mexico put on their wings and girl
butterflies pick up eggs (ping pong balls).
Students at all other stations stand in line at the beginning of their
crawl tubes.
The game at the Gulf Coast, Great Lakes and North Carolina
stations proceed in the same way - girls deposit their ‘eggs’ in the
bushel basket, all students crawl through the tubes (larva/pupa),
students done wings at the end of the crawl tube and girl
butterflies pick up ‘eggs’.
The Mountains of Mexico station is different - there is no basket
and no crawl tube. The students spend winter in the Mexican
Mountains (shiver, shiver) and then fly onto the Gold Coast.
The game continues until all students have spent time at each of
the 4 stations.
Classroom activity to reinforce the Monarch
• Students color in a ‘dot-to-dot’ monarch
migration on map of North and Central