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HOSTA 'White Feather'

Image of Hosta 'White Feather'

Family

Liliaceae

Botanical Name

HOSTA 'White Feather'

Plant Common Name

Hosta, Plantain Lily, White Feather Plantain Lily

General Description

Hostas are herbaceous perennials grown for their attractive leaves, tolerance for shade, toughness, and mounding habit. This one, 'White Feather,' is almost a novelty. In spring, its leaves emerge pure white, begging the question of how the plant will survive without chlorophyll, but meanwhile lending a ghostly brightness to the garden. Narrow, cupped and arching, the leaves form an upright clump and by summer may develop a blotchy green appearance. If the green fails to develop, the plant will not return the next year, or will be much weakened. This hosta does not tolerate sun and should be grown in partial shade where it can gather enough light to remain perennial.

Like most hostas, ‘White Feather’ tolerates a wide range of well-drained soils, and prefers average, even moisture. Use it for a bright contrast in shaded perennial gardens and woodlands, or massed as a groundcover for a gaudy moment in spring.

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 Shade

  • Height

    0"-12" / 0.0cm - 30.5cm

  • Width

    0"-24" / 0.0cm - 61.0cm

  • Bloom Time

    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

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Slate Gray, Steel Blue

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Light 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

  • 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