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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 '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 '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 '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 of 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 '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 'Brother Stefan' (Plantain Lily)

A large hosta of moderate growth rate, Hosta 'Brother Stefan' (Plantain Lily) forms a wide, open mound of thick, heavily seersuckered, medium green leaves with brilliant golden-yellow centers resembling hand prints or maple leaves. In spring, the margin may have a waxy coating making it appear more blue, and the center may be more chartreuse.

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Hosta 'Captain Kirk' (Plantain Lily)

A large hosta of rapid growth rate, Hosta 'Captain Kirk' (Plantain Lily) forms am overlapping mound of widely oval, slightly arching, dimpled and strongly veined leaves. Broadly margined bright green, the leaves emerge chartreuse before turning golden yellow then ivory. Pale lavender flowers appear in midsummer, rising on scapes 30 in. tall (75 cm).

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Hosta 'Color Festival' (Plantain Lily)

Particularly showy and festive, Hosta 'Color Festival' (Plantain Lily) is a medium-sized hosta variety with stunning variegated foliage. It forms a luminous mound of widely oval leaves with dark green margins, creamy-white centers and splashes of golden-yellow. Fragrant, funnel-shaped, lavender flowers appear in mid to late summer.

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Hosta 'Cool as a Cucumber' (Plantain Lily)

A particularly showy addition to the shade garden, Hosta 'Cool as a Cucumber' (Plantain Lily) is a medium-sized hosta variety with stunning variegated foliage. It forms a luminous, cascading to arching mound of long, tapered, pointed, near white leaves with attractive bright green margins. Dainty, funnel-shaped white flowers appear in early summer, rising on scapes 40 in. tall (100 cm). 'Cool as a Cucumber' makes a cheerful subject for plantings in the garden or mixed containers.

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Hosta 'Curly Fries' (Plantain Lily)

An irresistible miniature Hosta, 'Curly Fries' (Plantain Lily) forms a fine-textured, arching mound of extremely rippled, lance-shaped, pale chartreuse leaves. Star-like lavender flowers appear in midsummer, just above the foliage, rising on scapes 16 in. long (40 cm). Position this hosta where it will receive morning sun, as its chartreuse foliage will be brightest there.

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Hosta 'Dancing Queen' (Plantain Lily)

Incredibly eye-catching, Hosta 'Dancing Queen' (Plantain Lily) forms an open mound of large, broadly ovate, satiny, brilliant golden yellow leaves. Prominently veined, the leaves are adorned with particularly attractive pie-crust edges. The foliage lightens to soft yellow as the season progresses.

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Hosta 'Designer Genes' (Plantain Lily)

Prized for its brilliant foliage and red stems, Hosta 'Designer Genes' (Plantain Lily) is a fabulous addition to shady areas where it forms a small mound of widely oval, heart-shaped, brilliant golden-yellow leaves. Shiny above and matt below, the luminous foliage contrasts beautifully with the showy bright red petioles. Later in the season, the foliage mellows to more of a chartreuse green color.

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Hosta 'Earth Angel' (Plantain Lily)

Among the most outstanding cream-margined blue-leaved hostas, 'Earth Angel' (Plantain Lily) forms a huge, undulating mound of thick, heart-shaped, blue-green leaves adorned with wide, creamy-white margins that are creamy yellow in spring. Dense racemes of long-lasting, funnel-shaped, palest lavender to white blooms appear in summer, rising on scapes 40 in. tall (100 cm).

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Hosta 'Empress Wu' (Plantain Lily)

Among the largest hostas, 'Empress Wu' (Plantain Lily) is an outstanding perennial forming an impressive, upright, cascading mound of thick, deeply veined, dark blue-green leaves, 18 in. long (45 cm). Dense racemes of long-lasting, funnel-shaped, palest reddish violet blooms appear in early to midsummer, rising on scapes 48 in. tall (120 cm).

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Hosta 'Enterprise' (Plantain Lily)

A particularly showy addition to the shade garden, Hosta 'Enterprise' (Plantain Lily) is a medium-sized hosta variety with stunning variegated foliage. It forms a luminous mound of widely oval to heart-shaped, green-margined ivory leaves with attractive transitional chartreuse streaks. Dainty, funnel-shaped lavender flowers appear in mid summer

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Hosta 'Fire and Ice' (Plantain Lily)

A reverse sport of acclaimed Hosta ‘Patriot’, Hosta 'Fire and Ice' (Plantain Lily) is a clump-forming perennial forming an upright, compact mound of widely oval, lightly twisted, satiny, creamy-ivory to pure white leaves adorned with irregular dark green margins. Racemes of funnel-shaped, lavender flowers appear in summer on scapes rising well above the foliage mound

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Hosta 'Fire Island' (Plantain Lily)

Prized for its brilliant foliage and stems, Hosta 'Fire Island' (Plantain Lily) is a fabulous addition to shady areas where it forms an attractive, dense mound of widely oval, heart-shaped, glowing, pale yellow leaves when they first emerge, then turning to chartreuse. Shiny above and matt below, the luminous foliage contrasts beautifully with the bright red stems, which keep their bold color throughout the season.

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Hosta 'First Frost' (Plantain Lily)

Prized for its foliage which remains attractive until first frost, 'First Frost' (Plantain Lily) forms attractive, dense mounds of upright, heart-shaped blue-green leaves, 7in. long (17 cm), with wide gold margins in spring, gradually maturing to creamy-white

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Hosta 'First Mate' (Plantain Lily)

Vigorous, Hosta 'First Mate' (Plantain Lily) is a small hosta variety with stunningly variegated foliage. It forms attractive, dense mounds of long, narrow, heavily rippled leaves with dark green margins and creamy-yellow centers. Star-like lavender flowers appear in mid to late summer, rising on scapes 24 in. long (60 cm)

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Hosta 'Francee' (fortunei) (Plantain Lily)

Regarded as one of the best white-margined hostas, 'Francee' (Plantain Lily) is an outstanding perennial forming a dense, arching mound of broadly heart-shaped, rich dark green leaves, 6 in. long (15 cm), with narrow white margins. Funnel-shaped pale lavender blooms appear in late summer, rising on scapes 28 in. long (70 cm). A popular choice

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