Hosta sieboldiana var. elegans

Hosta sieboldiana var. elegans

Plantain lily

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Key Information

  • Botanical name: Hosta sieboldiana var. elegans
  • Common name: Plantain lily
  • Plant type: Perennial

Height: 60cm

Spread: 60cm

Flower colour:
  • White
Foliage colour:
  • Silver
  • Features: Dramatic foliage, Flowers

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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).

Position

  • Sun exposure: Dappled shade, Partial shade, Full shade
  • Aspect: North facing, East facing, West facing
  • Position in border: Front
  • Hardiness: Hardy
  • Maintenance: Needs regular watering in pots
  • Soil type: Well drained/light/sandy, Clay/heavy/moist, Chalky/alkaline

Wildlife

Attracts:
  • Bees

  • Beneficial insects

  • Birds

  • Butterflies / Moths

  • Other pollinators

  • Wildlife features: Nectar/pollen rich flowers

Care routine

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Toxicity

Toxic to:
  • People

  • Cats

  • Dogs

  • Birds

  • Horses

  • Livestock

  • Effects: Purgative if ingested

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