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Hosta fortunei var. albopicta

Plantain lily

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Key information

Plant type

Hardy perennial

Flower colour



Flowers, Dramatic foliage



Skill level


photo by Neil Holmes, copyright GAP Photos (48550)

Plant details

One of the showiest hostas for early summer, it has soft yellow leaves with a narrow dark green edges and veins. Mauve flowers are borne on 75cm (30in) leafy stems in summer. Conserve soil-moisture as much as possible by adding plenty of organic matter to the soil before planting, as well as mulching in spring and autumn. 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! Take appropriate protective measures against slug and snail damage. The RHS has given it the Award of Garden Merit (AGM).

Family: Hostaceae

Genus: Hosta

Species: fortunei

Plant type: Hardy perennial

Flower colour: Lavender

Foliage colour: Golden variegation

Feature: Flowers, Dramatic foliage

Sun exposure: Partial shade, Shade

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

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 100cm

Spread: 100cm

Time to divide plants: August to March

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flowering rose

Its a lovely plant if you can keep the slugs from it.I do use a few pellets at first then a spray of garlic ever so often,trying to rely on frogs and other annimals does not always work,but non the less a lovely next to a pond.

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