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Hosta sieboldiana var. elegans

Plantain lily

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Key information

Plant type

Hardy perennial

Flower colour



Flowers, Dramatic foliage



Skill level


Hosta sieboldiana var. elegans

Plant details

A superb hosta with dramatically large, channelled, puckered leaves, up to 46cm (18in) long and 30cm (12in) wide, which veer between being rounded and heart-shaped. They are equally distinctive because they have a lovely bluish-grey colour. The pale lilac flowers appear in early summer. Though it can be grown in borders, it is best highlighted in a large ornamental pot which also help deter slugs from getting in amongst and ruining the leaves. It needs decent light to light shade, and a cool situation to maintain its attractive leaf colour. Feed in early spring. It has been given the Award of Garden Merit (AGM) by the Royal Horticultural Society.

Family: Liliaceae

Genus: Hosta

Species: sieboldiana

Plant type: Hardy perennial

Flower colour: White

Foliage colour: Grey

Feature: Flowers, Dramatic foliage

Sun exposure: Partial shade, Shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Chalky/alkaline, Moist, Boggy, Sandy

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Experienced

Height: 60cm

Spread: 60cm

Time to divide plants: March to April

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