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James H. Schutte
Hosta, Moonlight Plantain Lily, Plantain Lily
Hostas need shade, right? Not always. The variegated ‘Moonlight’ needs a bit of sun to develop its warm yellow leaf color. Herbaceous ornamentals prized for shade-tolerance and toughness, hostas have produced many specimens with attractive leaves. This one has dimpled, lance-shaped leaves that are green-gold with narrow, white margins. Many pale lavender, bell to funnel-shaped flowers appear on leafless stems held above the foliage in midsummer. The plant forms a small to medium-sized neat mound.
Like most hostas, ‘Moonlight’ grows best in full to partial shade, tolerates a wide range of well-drained soils, and prefers average, even moisture. It also needs at least some morning sun to maintain good leaf color. Use ‘Moonlight’ for contrasts of texture, silhouette and color in shaded perennial gardens and woodlands, or massed as a groundcover.
9 - 2
3 - 8
A2, A3, 1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Full Sun, Partial Sun, Partial Shade, Full Shade
10"-12" / 25.4cm - 30.5cm
16"-20" / 40.6cm - 50.8cm
Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline
Clay, Loam, Sand
Spring, Summer, Fall
White, Lavender, Ivory
White, Yellow Green, Gold
Slate Gray, Steel Blue
Container, Edging, Feature Plant, Groundcover, Mixed Border
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