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Hosta

Hosta sieboldiana 'Elegans'

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'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 CharacteristicsUse in the back of a mixed border or as landscape specimens.

CareGrow in moist but well-drained, fertile soil. Shade tolerant. Grows best with full morning sun. Tolerates drought, but a summer mulch is beneficial.

PropagationDivide plants in late summer or early spring.

ProblemsSlugs, snails, viruses, foliar nematodes. In containers, watch for vine weevils.

  • Genus : Hosta
  • Plant Height : 1 to 3 feet
  • Zones : 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
  • Plant Width : 3 to 6 feet
  • Moisture : Adaptable
  • Uses : Ground Covers
  • Maintenance : Moderate
  • Light : Partial Shade to Full Shade
  • Plant Type : Perennials
  • Characteristics : Showy Foliage
  • Bloom Time : Spring
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Spring Interest
  • Flower Color : White
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