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Hosta

Hosta 'Fortunei Albo-marginata'

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Bold, large, shield-shaped leaves with a deep green center and creamy-white margins turn white with age. Funnel-shaped mauve flowers borne on leafy scapes 32 inches long appear in midsummer.

CareGrow in moist but well-drained, fertile soil. A shade lover, hosta thrives in moist, even wet, soil, but also tolerates dry shade. Grows best with full morning sun. Tolerates drought, but a summer mulch is beneficial.

PropagationDivide plants in late summer or early spring.

ProblemsSlugs and snails. In containers, watch for vine weevil. Also viruses and foliar nematodes.

  • Genus : Hosta
  • Plant Height : 1 to 3 feet
  • Plant Width : 1 to 3 feet
  • Zones : 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
  • Moisture : Adaptable
  • Uses : Containers, Ground Covers
  • Tolerance : Drought Tolerant
  • Light : Partial Shade to Full Shade
  • Plant Type : Perennials
  • Characteristics : Showy Foliage
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Spring Interest
  • Bloom Time : Summer
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