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Hosta ‘First Frost’

Plantain Lily 'First Frost'

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Features

  • BloomsJuly to August
  • Height0.4m to 0.45m
  • Spread0.1m
  • Speed of GrowthModerate
  • Growth HabitMound or Stalked clump
  • Flower ColourPale lavender
  • Leaf ColourBlue-green, yellow, cream, white

Description

Hosta ‘First Frost’ (Plantain Lily 'First Frost'). This Hosta is a sport of ‘Halcyon’ and has heart-shaped leaves with blue-green centres and yellow margins, which fade to white as the season progresses. Trumpet shaped flowers in pale lavender are produced in July to August.

Characteristics

Perennial, Deciduous, Rhizome, Herbaceous

Origin

China, Japan, Russia and USA

The genus was named after the Austrian botanist Nicholas Thomas Host in 1812. Most species were introduced to Europe from Japan in the 19th century.

Interest and use

Grown mainly for foliage but also has attractive flowers. Grow in the border and a good container plant.

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Needs

  • LightPart shade or Shade
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -35°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Fertile, Loamy
  • Soil pH9.0 to 7.0
  • WaterMoist

Cultivation

Plants prefer moist conditions and being out of strong sunlight. Thicker leaves grant more protection against slugs and snails, but it still pays to be vigilant early in the season.

Propagation

Propagate by division of the fleshy crowns in early spring. Seed raised plants very rarely come true to type (except H.ventricosa).

Pests, diseases or disorders

Slugs and snails are the main problem, but also crown rot if the soil has been waterlogged.

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