Plantain lily

Hosta undulata var. albomarginata

Plantain lily - Hosta undulata var. albomarginata

Common Name: Plantain lily
Genus: Hosta
Species: undulata var. albomarginata

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

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 0.55 m (55 cm)
Sun/Shade: Partial shade or Deep shadeSpread: 0.60 m (60 cm)

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

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

Lance-shaped dark green leaves with undulating cream or pale yellow margins and spikes of funnel-shaped mauve flowers in June and July. This variegated hosta makes an excellent specimen plant for a large well-drained container. Flourishing in conditions of partial to full shade it's best protected 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.

    Water your hosta well as soon as you plant it 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's encourage the plant to produce roots closer to the surface in a desperate quest for moisture.


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