Hosta

Hosta sieboldiana 'Elegans'

Photo/Illustration: 
Courtesy of White Flower Farm
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Hosta (Hosta sieboldiana 'Elegans')
HOSS-tah see-bold-ee-AY-nah variety EL-eh-ganz
Synonyms: 
Genus:  Hosta
'Elegans' is a large hosta with deep, smoky blue, slightly frosted heart-shaped foliage.  Deep veins give the leaves a corrugated look. White flowers bloom in early spring. Though slugs love hostas, this one is usually spared. -Sue Whetten, Regional Picks: Rocky Mountains, Fine Gardening issue #127
Noteworthy Characteristics:  Use in the back of a mixed border or as landscape specimens.
Care:  Grow in moist but well-drained, fertile soil. Shade tolerant. Grows best with full morning sun. Tolerates drought, but a summer mulch is beneficial.
Propagation:  Divide plants in late summer or early spring.
Problems:  Slugs, snails, viruses, foliar nematodes. In containers, watch for vine weevils.

Overview

Height
1 ft. to 3 ft.
Spread
3 ft. to 6 ft.
Light
Part Shade to Full Shade
Moisture
Adaptable
Maintenance
Moderate
Characteristics
Showy Foliage
Bloom Time
Spring
Flower Color
Purple/Lavender Flower,
White Flower
Uses
Beds and Borders,
Ground Covers,
Specimen Plant/Focal Point,
Waterside
Style
Woodland Garden
Seasonal Interest
Spring Interest
Type
Perennials

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