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HOSTA 'Sugar and Cream'

Image of Hosta 'Sugar and Cream'

James H. Schutte

Family

Liliaceae

Botanical Name

HOSTA 'Sugar and Cream'

Plant Common Name

Hosta, Plantain Lily, Sugar and Cream Plantain Lily

General Description

Hostas are herbaceous perennials grown for their attractive leaves, tolerance for shade, toughness, and mounding habit. This one, ‘Sugar and Cream,' has rippled, ovoid leaves that are green with a narrow margin of creamy yellow to white. It is a large hosta and forms a mound of upright and spreading leaves. The flowers are pale lavender and fragrant, and borne on leafless stems above the leaves in late summer.

Like most hostas, ‘Sugar and Cream’ grows best in partial shade to full shade, tolerates a wide range of well-drained soils, and prefers average, even moisture. Use it for contrasts of size, color, and texture in shaded perennial gardens and woodlands, or massed as a groundcover under large trees to complement their scale.

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

    Partial Sun, Partial Shade, Full Shade

  • Height

    0"-28" / 0.0cm - 71.1cm

  • Width

    0"-58" / 0.0cm - 147.3cm

  • Bloom Time

    Late 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)

    Green, Yellow Green, Ivory

  • Foliage Color (Spring) Modifier

    Variegated

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Slate Gray, Steel Blue

  • Foliage Color (Summer) Modifier

    Variegated

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green, Yellow Green, Ivory

  • 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

  • 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