Plantain lily

Hosta 'Krossa Regal'

Plantain lily - Hosta  'Krossa Regal'

Common Name: Plantain lily
Genus: Hosta
Cultivar: 'Krossa Regal'

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

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 0.70 m (70 cm)
Sun/Shade: Partial shade or Deep shadeSpread: 0.75 m (75 cm)

Foliage Type: DeciduousFlower Colour: Lilac
Foliage Colour: Blue/GreenFlowering Period: July & August

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

This hosta is instantly recognisable for its upright twisted blue-green leaves with a quilted appearance and tall spikes of pale lilac bell-shaped flowers in July and August. The boldly corrugated leaves of this hosta make a bold statement in a large well-drained terracotta or stone container. In the garden it is shown off to best advantage among other foliage plants such as ferns. It needs shelter from cold drying winds.

  • 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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