The Plant Company

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01403 740100

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The Plant Company
Coolham Road
West Chiltington
West Sussex
RH20 2LH

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Tuesday-Friday, 9:00-17:30 Closed public holidays


The Plants

Hosta sieboldiana var. 'Elegans'

plantain lily

Photo of Hosta sieboldiana var. 'Elegans'


An elegant hosta with huge, quilted, grey-blue leaves and spikes of trumpet-shaped lilac flowers in July and August. Use in containers of all sorts, as edging, in the front of the shade border. Once established it is a great weed-suppressant.


  • Perennials

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Foliage: Deciduous

Hardiness: Hardy

Vigour: Medium growing


  • Beds and borders
  • Cottage style garden
  • Woodland area
  • Contemporary style garden
  • Containers

Special features

  • Low maintenance
  • Ground cover

Care instructions

Grow in fertile, moist but well-drained soil with shelter from cold drying winds. Prefers a site in full or partial shade and will not tolerate drought. You'll get thicker, lusher leaves if you give your hostas a really good feed. An annual mulch in spring or autumn will help to keep the weeds down and is an easy way to improve soil and boost nutrient levels. Add a generous mulch of about 5-10cm (2-4in) deep of garden compost or leaf mould around the plant. Slugs and snails love hostas, so you will need to protect against them. Use an organic nematode treatment in early spring to ward off slugs. Or simply stick to a container.


Size: Medium

Pot size: 2 litre

Eventual height: 100cm

Eventual spread: 120cm