Narrow, lance-like green leaves edged in white make an ideal edging plant for a shady border. Also great under trees, where leaf litter falls through its narrow leaves. An herbaceous perennial.
Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. For a neat appearance, remove old foliage before new leaves emerge. Divide clumps every 2 to 3 years in early spring.
Short Hosta like this one are perfect for groundcover or as an edging plant. If it's variegated, as this one is, these applications are even more dramatic. Keep in front of taller Hosta or other plants that may block the view. Perfect for weaving in and out of rock garden stones or to highlight a hidden flagstone path. Plant with muted cool-colored flowers from purple to blue, very pale pink and white to avoid overwhelming.
his little Hosta makes a perfect edging for a mass of Silvery Sunproof Lilyturf (Liriope muscari 'Silvery Sunproof'), which blooms with similar lavender flower spikes. Or try an irregular patch of Green Sheen Japanese Spurge (Pachysandra terminalis 'Green Sheen') with this Hosta running through it like a streambed. A good plant to cover the soil under the red-flowering Molly Ann Rhododendron (Rhododendron x 'Molly Ann') and Valley Rose Pieris (Pieris japonica 'Valley Rose').
The genus Hosta contains over 40 species mostly native to China and Japan. H. plantaginea is the ancestor of most modern hybrids, introduced from China by French botanist, Lamarck. The variegation of this hybrid points to further ancestry from H. undulata of Japan.
Hosta was named by the Austrian, Leopold Trattinick who honored his friend and fellow countryman, Dr. N.T. Host.