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HOSTA 'Mountain Snow'

Image of Hosta 'Mountain Snow'

James H. Schutte

Family

Liliaceae

Botanical Name

HOSTA 'Mountain Snow'

Plant Common Name

Hosta, Mountain Snow Plantain Lily, Plantain Lily

General Description

Hostas are mound-forming herbaceous perennials prized for their tolerance of shade, mounding habit, toughness, and attractive leaves. This one, the pretty variegated ‘Mountain Snow,’ forms large, vase-shaped clumps. Its long, narrow, lance-shaped leaves taper to a point. They have prominent veins and are jade green with narrow, streaky, white margins. White bell-to-funnel-shaped flowers appear on leafless stems held above the foliage in early summer.

Like most hostas, ‘Mountain Snow’ grows best in full to partial shade, tolerates a wide range of well-drained soils, and prefers average, even moisture. In hot, dry conditions the margins may wither. A site with no direct mid-day sun can help. Use ‘Mountain Snow’ for contrasts of size, color, and texture in shaded perennial gardens and woodlands, or massed as a groundcover.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    9 - 2

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    3 - 8

  • Sunset Zone

    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

  • Plant Type

    Perennial

  • Sun Exposure

    Partial Sun, Partial Shade, Full Shade

  • Height

    25"-29" / 63.5cm - 73.7cm

  • Width

    66"-70" / 167.6cm - 177.8cm

  • Bloom Time

    Early Summer

  • Native To

    Asia

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Average

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam, Sand

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Clump-Forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    White, Lavender, Ivory

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    White, Green

  • Foliage Color (Spring) Modifier

    Variegated

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Slate Gray, Steel Blue

  • Foliage Color (Summer) Modifier

    Variegated

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    White, Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall) Modifier

    Variegated

  • Fragrant Flowers

    Yes

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Bold

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Container, Edging, Feature Plant, Groundcover, Mixed Border

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes