Hosta sieboldiana var. elegans

Elegans Plantain Lily
Hosta Elegans

Herbaceous Perennial

Outstanding Qualities
The queen of all the large blue hostas, Hosta sieboldiana var. elegans makes a bold statement in the garden. Huge wide blue leaves make an impressive dense mound. The leaves are heavy in texture and have a wonderful corrugated look. In summer flowers stems rise just above the foliage and display near white flowers in dense spikes. Although, no hosta is immune to slugs this one does show some resistance, especially once the foliage matures

Culture Notes
Hostas prefer a location in light to open shade, although Hosta sieboldiana var. elegans will tolerate full sun with adequate moisture. Plant it in a location with rich moist to well-drained soils. Most hosta will tolerate sandy sites as well as clay. During dry weather provide regular watering, especially in sandy soils. Flowers can be removed once the blooms have faded and the foliage can be cut to the ground in fall.

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Growing Conditions

Zone: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10

Exposure: Full Shade, Part Shade, Filtered Sun, Morning Sun, Open Shade

Water Needs: Average


Size: 24 - 30 tall x 30 - 36 wide
Shape / Form: Mounding, Upright
Foliage Texture: Bold
Foliage Quality: Bold

Features: Attracts Bees, Attracts Hummingbirds, Attractive Foliage, Low Maintenance

Foliage Color: Silver / Gray

Flower Color: White
Bloom Season: Summer

Uses and Applications

Landscape Uses: Beds and Borders, Container, Groundcover, Mixed Border
Special Situations: Slug / Snail Resistant
Wildlife: Bees, Hummingbirds

More Design Considerations

Season of Interest: Spring, Summer, Fall, Three Seasons of Interest
Plant Behavior: Clumping
Collections: Great Plant Pick

Care and Maintenance

Maintenance Level: low

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