Plantain lily

Hosta fortunei var. aureomarginata

Plantain lily - Hosta fortunei var. aureomarginata

Common Name: Plantain lily
Genus: Hosta
Species: fortunei var. aureomarginata

Category: Perennials
Growth Rate: Fast growing
Features: Has interesting foliage, Suitable for growing in containers

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 0.55 m (55 cm)
Sun/Shade: Partial shade or Deep shadeSpread: 1.00 m (100 cm)

Foliage Type: DeciduousFlower Colour: Purple
Foliage Colour: Green, Yellow, Variegated, CreamFlowering Period: July & August

Soil Type: Normal/Loam or Clay/Heavy
Soil Moisture: Moist, but well drained

This variegated hosta has large bright green heart-shaped leaves with broad creamy-yellow edges. In July and August it makes a show of trumpet-shaped mauve flowers. It's a vigorous clump-forming variety that will quickly fill a large container. In a border it is shown off to best advantage among other foliage plants such as ferns. Although it tolerates sun or partial shade the foliage is best shaded from the midday sun and sheltered from cold drying winds. Once established its layers of leaves will suppress weeds too.


Garden care: You'll get thicker lusher leaves if you give your hostas a really good feed. An annual mulch in spring or autumn will help to keep the weeds down and is an easy way to improve soil and boost nutrient levels. Add a generous mulch of about 5-10cm (2-4in) deep of garden compost or leaf mould around the plant. Spraying the leaves regularly with a high nitrogen fertiliser during the growing season will also help to boost leaf size. Slugs and snails love hostas so you will need to protect against them. Use an organic nematode treatment in early spring to ward off slugs. Or simply stick to a container.

  • Water your hostas well as soon as you plant them and from then on water regularly during their first growing season. Give them a water about once or twice a week around the base of the plant avoiding the leaves. Little and often can be disatrous as it encourages the plant to produce roots closer to the surface in a desperate quest for moisture.


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