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Hosta - Plantain Lilies

Hosta (Plantain Lily) is a genus of shade tolerant perennial plants widely cultivated for their incredible elegance and colorful leaves. Easy to grow, low maintenance and long lived, Hostas are foliage plants available in a wide array of color (blue hosta, gold hosta and variegated hosta) and size (dwarf hostas, giant hostas).

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Hosta 'Abiqua Drinking Gourd' (Plantain Lily)

Hosta 'Abiqua Drinking Gourd' (Plantain Lily) is a clump-forming perennial forming an open mound of thick, deeply cupped, rich dark blue leaves, 8 in. long (20 cm), strongly seersuckered and puckered. The depth of the leaf cupping can reach 4 in. (10 cm). The powdery gray underside of the leaves is often visible as a result of the cupping. White flowers appear just above the foliage in midsummer. This cultivar demonstrates good slug resistance.

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Hosta 'Alligator Alley' (Plantain Lily)

Hosta 'Alligator Alley' (Plantain Lily) forms an eye-catching mound of leathery, puckered, heart-shaped leaves with dark bluish-green margins and chartreuse centers that change to yellow in summer. Near-white flowers appear in early summer, rising on scapes 28 in. long (70 cm). Vigorous, it is ideal for the dappled shade border and suitable for planting in mixed containers.

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Hosta 'Amazone' (Plantain Lily)

Hosta 'Amazone' (Plantain Lily) is a medium-sized, clump-forming perennial forming a neat and compact mound of heart-shaped, creamy-white leaves, 6 in. long (15 cm), with dark green margins that flame inward, contrasting boldly with the bright white center. Racemes of pale lavender flowers appear above the foliage in mid to late summer. This variegated plantain lily is reported to be more sun tolerant than other white centered hosta varieties. An ideal choice for growing in a container on the patio or in the perennial border.

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Hosta 'American Halo' (Plantain Lily)

Robust, Hosta 'American Halo' (Plantain Lily) forms a dense mound of large, intensely blue-green leaves adorned with wide, rippled, creamy-white margins. Masses of funnel-shaped, pure white flowers appear in summer, rising on scapes 24 in. long (60 cm) but the primary contribution of this hosta is the dramatic coloring of its foliage.

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Hosta 'Angel Falls' (Plantain Lily)

Hosta 'Angel Falls' (Plantain Lily) is a perennial forming a dense, rounded mound of cascading creamy-white leaves adorned with broad, rippled, dark green margins. Bell-shaped, pale lavender flowers appear in midsummer, rising on scapes 25 in. tall (62 cm). A perfect subject for the landscape or containers.

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Hosta 'August Moon' (Plantain Lily)

Noted for its sun tolerance, Hosta 'August Moon' (Plantain Lily) is a perennial forming a dense, asymmetrical mound of thick, widely oval, heart-shaped, chartreuse leaves, up to 9 in. long (22 cm), turning soft yellow, then bright golden-yellow depending on sun exposure. Searsuckered and puckered, the matt foliage displays strongly marked veins.

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Hosta 'Autumn Frost' (Plantain Lily)

Hosta 'Autumn Frost' (Plantain Lily) forms an eye-catching mound of rich frosty blue leaves, widely margined bright yellow at first, then cream-white. Bell-shaped lavender flowers appear in mid to late summer, rising on scapes 16 in. long (40 cm). 'Autumn Frost' is a showier version of ‘First Frost’, displaying extra wide margins, and a sport of it.

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Hosta 'Ben Vernooij' (Plantain Lily)

Hosta 'Ben Vernooij' (Plantain Lily) is a medium-sized, clump-forming perennial forming a compact mound of thick, heart-shaped, blue leaves with a wide, feathery creamy-yellow margin. Racemes of large lavender flowers appear above the foliage during the summer. Good resistance to slugs thanks to the heavy substance of the leaves. This sport of award-winning Hosta 'First Frost' looks great throughout the entire growing season. An ideal choice for growing in a container on the patio or in the perennial border.

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Hosta 'Big Daddy' (Plantain Lily)

One of the best large blue hostas, Hosta 'Big Daddy' (Plantain Lily) is a clump-forming perennial forming an attractive mound of large, thick, rounded, chalky blue leaves, up to 10 in. long (25 cm), becoming cupped and deeply-puckered when mature. Bell-shaped, near-white blooms appear in summer, rising on blue scapes 24 in. long (60 cm), but the primary contribution of this hosta is its lovely foliage.

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Hosta 'Blue Angel' (sieboldiana) (Plantain Lily)

Among the largest blue-leaved hostas, 'Blue Angel' (Plantain Lily) is an outstanding perennial forming a gracefully cascading mound of thick, heavily textured, widely oval to wedge-shaped, dark blue-gray to blue-green leaves, 16 in. long (40 cm), with prominent veins slightly ribbed. Dense racemes of long-lasting, funnel-shaped, palest lavender to white blooms appear in summer

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Hosta 'Blue Ivory' (Plantain Lily)

Hosta 'Blue Ivory' (Plantain Lily) forms an eye-catching mound of blue leaves, widely margined cream-white. The margins brighten to white during the season. Star-like lavender flowers appear in summer, rising on scapes 24 in. long (60 cm) but the primary contribution of this hosta is the dramatic coloring of its foliage.

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Hosta 'Blue Mouse Ears' (Plantain Lily)

Rich in many qualities, Hosta 'Blue Mouse Ears' (Plantain Lily) is a small and adorable perennial forming an open mound of horizontal, thick, nearly round, rich blue-green leaves, up to 3 in. long (8 cm). Racemes of striking, rich violet, bell-shaped blooms, adorned with lavender stripes, appear in midsummer

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Hosta 'Blueberry Muffin' (Plantain Lily)

One of the best large blue hostas, Hosta 'Blueberry Muffin' (Plantain Lily) is a medium sized perennial forming an attractive mound of large, thick, rounded blue leaves, that are puckered in unusual patterns. The petioles are speckled with mauve which creates a nice contrast with the blue leaves. Late in the season, the foliage transitions to green. Racemes of lavender flowers appear just above the foliage in early summer. Moderately fast-growing, this blue hosta is a reliable performer in the landscape.

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Hosta 'Bridal Falls' (Plantain Lily)

A particularly showy addition to the shade garden, Hosta 'Bridal Falls' (Plantain Lily) is a medium-sized hosta variety with stunning variegated foliage. It forms a luminous, rounded mound of cascading, heart-shaped, green leaves with creamy white margins. The leaves are edged in pretty pie crust waves and have deeply impressed veins.

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Hosta 'Brim Cup' (Plantain Lily)

Hosta 'Brim Cup' (Plantain Lily) is a small clump-forming perennial forming a dense, rounded mound of thick, ovate, slightly cupped, dark green leaves, 6 in. long (15 cm), with a blue cast and wide, irregular chartreuse margins that fade to creamy-white. Racemes of bell-shaped white flowers appear above the foliage on scapes reaching 18 in. (45 cm) in midsummer. Slow to increase, this small hosta is an ideal choice for growing in a container on the patio where its strikingly variegated leaves can be admired.

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