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Hosta Hanky Panky

Plantain lily

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Key information

Plant type

Hardy perennial

Flower colour



Flowers, Dramatic foliage



Skill level


Hosta 'Hanky Panky'

Plant details

While hostas produce flowers, they are mostly grown for their bold foliage. These full hardy plants can be grown under deep-rooted trees as ground cover, in borders, or even near water. They grow best in moist, but well drained soil and most prefer shade with shelter from cold winds. For the lushest displays, feed with a balanced fertiliser between March and June. Do not feed after this period or you will encourage the sort of sappy growth that slugs adore! To avoid the leaves looking like a piece of lace, take measures against slugs and snails, such as beer traps. Hosta 'Hanky Panky' produces green leaves with pinkish-white margins.

Family: Hostaceae

Genus: Hosta

Cultivar: Hanky Panky

Plant type: Hardy perennial

Flower colour: Lavender

Foliage colour: Silver variegation

Feature: Flowers, Dramatic foliage

Sun exposure: Shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Clay/heavy, Moist

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 40cm

Spread: 90cm

Time to divide plants: August to March

Flowering period: June to July

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