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Hosta ‘Sun Mouse’ (Plantain Lily)

Plantain Lily 'Sun Mouse', Sun Mouse Hosta

Hosta Sun Mouse, Golden Plantain lily, Golden Hosta, Yellow Hosta, Sun Mouse Hosta, Plantain Lily Sun Mouse, Shade perennials, Plants for shade

Hosta ‘Sun Mouse’ (Plantain Lily) is a small, low-growing perennial forming a cute miniature mound of thick, nearly round, brilliant yellow leaves that retain their golden color well into summer. Racemes lavender flowers appear above the foliage on scapes, reaching 18 in. (45 cm) in midsummer. Moderately fast-growing, this small hosta is perfect for brightening up hosta troughs and shade gardens. Plant it in an area with morning sun or filtered shade for best yellow color.

  • Grows up to 6 in. tall (15 cm) and 12 in. wide (30 cm).
  • Performs best in part shade to full shade in fertile, moist, well-drained soils. Shelter from cold, dry winds.
  • This foliage plant is perfect for the shade garden, mixed with other perennials in beds and borders, city gardens, cottage gardens, or containers. Great for edging, as a groundcover, or underplanting shrubs and roses.
  • Watch for slugs and snails, which could damage the attractive foliage.
  • Cut off the stems after blooming to encourage the plant’s growth. Discolored leaves should be trimmed back to the ground.
  • Propagate by division in early spring or late summer.
  • Toxic to dogs, toxic to cats, toxic to horses.

Requirements

Hardiness 3 - 9
Heat Zones 1 - 8
Climate Zones 1, 1A, 1B, 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Asparagaceae
Genus Hosta
Common names Plantain Lily, Hosta
Exposure Partial Sun, Shade
Season of Interest Spring (Mid, Late)
Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Fall
Height 6" (15cm)
Spread 1' (30cm)
Spacing 12" (30cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Average
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Tolerance Full Shade
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Edging, Ground Covers, Patio And Containers, Small Gardens, Underplanting Roses And Shrubs
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Traditional Garden, Informal and Cottage
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Recommended Companion Plants

Galium odoratum (Sweet Woodruff)
Liriope muscari ‘Big Blue’ (Lily Turf)
Athyrium niponicum var. pictum ‘Burgundy Lace’ (Painted Lady Fern)
Astilbe chinensis var. pumila (Dwarf Chinese Astilbe)

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.
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Requirements

Hardiness 3 - 9
Heat Zones 1 - 8
Climate Zones 1, 1A, 1B, 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Asparagaceae
Genus Hosta
Common names Plantain Lily, Hosta
Exposure Partial Sun, Shade
Season of Interest Spring (Mid, Late)
Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Fall
Height 6" (15cm)
Spread 1' (30cm)
Spacing 12" (30cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Average
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Tolerance Full Shade
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Edging, Ground Covers, Patio And Containers, Small Gardens, Underplanting Roses And Shrubs
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Traditional Garden, Informal and Cottage
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