Hosta 'Big Mama'

Plantain lily

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Key information

Plant type

Hardy perennial

Flower colour

Lilac

Feature

Flowers, Dramatic foliage

Hardiness

Hardy

Skill level

Beginner

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Plant details

This hosta is slow to get started, but as it picks up, it's thick, dark bluish-green oval foliage with prominent ribs makes an impressive leafy show. After midsummer, there's a good show of pale lavender, bell-shaped flowers on top of long stems. Though it can be grown in full sun, you'll lose the distinguishing bluish colour, which needs some shade. As with all hostas, beware slugs ruining the new leaves. If they are a big problem, grow the hostas in pots, and top the compost with sharp gravel.

Family: Hastaceae

Genus: Hosta

Cultivar: Big Mama

Plant type: Hardy perennial

Flower colour: Lilac

Foliage colour: Blue-green

Feature: Flowers, Dramatic foliage

Sun exposure: Partial shade, Shade

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

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 65cm

Spread: 150cm


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