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Hosta 'Albomarginata'

Plantain lily

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Key information

Plant type

Hardy perennial

Flower colour

Lavender

Feature

Flowers, Dramatic foliage

Hardiness

Hardy

Skill level

Beginner

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Plant details

Sometimes known as Hosta 'Fortunei Albomarginata', this beautiful plant needs full shade. It has dark green leaves with irregular ivory-white margins. Hostas benefit from plenty of organic matter being added to the soil before planting. They also enjoy being mulched in spring and autumn to help retain moisture in the soil. 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.

Family: Hostaceae

Genus: Hosta

Cultivar: Albomarginata

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: 30cm

Spread: 30cm

Time to divide plants: August to March


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