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Elegans Hosta

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Mounds of extra-large, blue-green, heart shaped foliage with heavy ribbing create the perfect background for garden beds; delicate, white flowers appear on arching scapes during the mid summer; adds texture and contrast; low maintenance and easy to grow

Characteristics

Species:
sieboldiana
Other Species Names:
Plantain Lily, Funkia
Average Landscape Height:
3 feet
Average Landscape Width:
4 feet
Genus:
Hosta
Cultivar:
Elegans
Branching:
herbaceous
Plant Form:
over mound
Canopy:
closed
Density:
dense
Growth Rate:
slow
Pruning:
spring cleanup
Spacing:
4 feet
Flower Color:
white
Flower Form:
bell
Flower Period:
in mid summer
Summer Foliage Color:
blue
Maximum Light:
partial shade
Minimum Light:
shade
Maximum Moisture:
moist
Minimum Moisture:
average
Pollution Tolerance:
medium

Ornamental Features

Elegans Hosta features dainty spikes of white bell-shaped flowers rising above the foliage in mid summer. Its attractive enormous textured heart-shaped leaves emerge powder blue in spring, turning blue in color throughout the season.

Landscape Attributes

Elegans Hosta is a dense herbaceous perennial with tall flower stalks held atop a low mound of foliage. Its wonderfully bold, coarse texture can be very effective in a balanced garden composition.

Planting & Growing

Elegans Hosta will grow to be about 28 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 4 feet. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 4 feet apart. Its foliage tends to remain dense right to the ground, not requiring facer plants in front. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years. As an herbaceous perennial, this plant will usually die back to the crown each winter, and will regrow from the base each spring. Be careful not to disturb the crown in late winter when it may not be readily seen!

This plant does best in partial shade to shade. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America. It can be propagated by division; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.

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