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Hosta ‘White Feather’ (Plantain Lily)

Plantain Lily 'White Feather', White Feather Hosta

Hosta White Feather, White Feather Hosta, White Hosta, White Plantain lily, Plantain Lily White Feather, Shade perennials, Plants for shade

Noted for the unique color of its foliage, Hosta ‘White Feather’ (Plantain Lily) is an upright, clump-forming perennial forming an open mound of thin, prominently veined leaves, emerging pure white in spring and gradually turning mottled and streaked light green. Matt above and shiny below, the striking leaves of this foliage plant add drama in gardens or containers. Racemes of lavender-purple flowers appear above the foliage in midsummer. Slow to moderate grower, the unusual foliage is vulnerable to pest damage.

  • Grows up to 14 in. tall (35 cm) and 24 in. wide (60 cm).
  • Performs best in part shade to full shade in fertile, moist, well-drained soils. Shelter from cold, dry winds.
  • Perfect for the shade garden, mixed with other perennials in beds and borders, city gardens, cottage gardens or containers.
  • 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 Hosta, Plantain Lily
Exposure Partial Sun, Shade
Season of Interest Spring (Mid, Late)
Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Fall
Height 1' - 2'
(30cm - 60cm)
Spread 2' - 3'
(60cm - 90cm)
Spacing 24" (60cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Average
Soil Type Clay, Loam
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Edging, Underplanting Roses And Shrubs
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, City and Courtyard, Traditional Garden
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Hakonechloa macra ‘Aureola’ (Hakone Grass)
Matteuccia struthiopteris (Ostrich Fern)
Hydrangea macrophylla ‘Madame Emile Mouillere’
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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 Hosta, Plantain Lily
Exposure Partial Sun, Shade
Season of Interest Spring (Mid, Late)
Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Fall
Height 1' - 2'
(30cm - 60cm)
Spread 2' - 3'
(60cm - 90cm)
Spacing 24" (60cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Average
Soil Type Clay, Loam
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Edging, Underplanting Roses And Shrubs
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, City and Courtyard, Traditional Garden
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