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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

Hosta sieboldiana var. elegans is a superb hosta, bearing dramatically large, channelled, puckered leaves, up to 46cm long and 30cm wide, which veer between being rounded and heart-shaped. Pale lilac flowers appear in early summer.

Though it can be grown in borders, Hosta sieboldiana var. elegans is best highlighted in a large pot, which can also help to deter slugs. For best results grow in sun to partial shade, and feed annually in early spring. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it its prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM).

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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Simply a great plant, really packs a foliage punch.

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