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HOSTA sieboldiana 'Elegans'

Image of Hosta sieboldiana 'Elegans'

Nancy Engel

Family

Liliaceae

Botanical Name

HOSTA sieboldiana 'Elegans'

Plant Common Name

Elegant Plantain Lily, Plantain Lily, Siebold Hosta

General Description

Reliably beautiful, this large hosta makes a fine addition to shaded borders and Asian woodland gardens. This clump-forming, shade-tolerant, herbaceous perennial is primarily grown for its highly ornamental waxy, gray-green leaves. These are large, heart-shaped, cupped and have a corregated texture. In early summer, it produces strong, upright stems lined with white bell-shaped flowers.

Elegant plantain lily prefers part sun to part shade and fertile, well drained soil. It is widely used in perennial borders or planted in masses as a large groundcover for shade. Most plantain lilies are highly susceptible to slug damage.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    9 - 2

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    3 - 9

  • 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

    Full Sun, Partial Sun, Partial Shade, Full Shade

  • Height

    18"-20" / 45.7cm - 50.8cm (20)

  • Width

    36"-40" / 91.4cm - 101.6cm (40)

  • Bloom Time

    Early Summer, Summer

  • Native To

    Eastern 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

  • Fruit Color

    Green, Brown

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Blue Green, Gray Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Blue Green, Gray Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Blue Green, Gray Green

  • 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

    Edging, Feature Plant, Foundation, Groundcover, Mixed Border

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes