Hosta sieboldiana ‘Elegans’

short-cluster plantain lily, giant blue hosta

From £11.95

Enormous, blue-foliaged hostas with heavily puckered and textured leaves are considered amongst the most desirable plants for drama and impact in the woodland garden.

Origin: Japan
Genus: Hosta
Species / Cultivar: seiboldiana var. elegans
Common Name: short-cluster plantain lily, giant blue hosta
Synonym: Hosta glauca

Plant Biography

Nowadays more correctly named Hosta sieboldiana var elegans, this was one of the first such Hostas introduced into our gardens and, arguably, it has never been bettered.

Hosta sieboldiana 'Elegans'
Soil: Moist but Well Drained
Soil that allows water to drain at a moderate rate, without the water pooling.
Final Size: Medium
Final size will be suitable for a table, plant stand, or large strong shelf.
Water Requirement: Medium
Once it is established, this plant is likely to only require watering during drier periods.
Maintenance: Low
Minimal skill or input needed beyond the basics, a very independent plant.
Situation: Part Shade
Enjoys several hours of direct sunlight but may enjoy dappling or shade at midday.
Eventual Height: 0.5 - 1.0m
The plant's ultimate height in typical growing conditions.
Eventual Spread: 0.5 - 1.0m
The plant's ultimate spread in typical growing conditions.
Hardiness: Fully Hardy
Will survive unprotected outdoors in most areas of the UK, even in the harshest winters.
Habit: Deciduous
Sheds all its foliage annually, so for a period of the year it will be without foliage.
Lifecycle: Perennial
This plant is persistant and does not die off after flowering. It will return each season indefinitely, if provided with suitable growing conditions.
Care Size & Guidance

Care Size & Guidance

Plant in a sheltered spot, in part shade away from dry winds and afternoon sun.

In general, Hostas are a magnet for slugs, however this cultivar is said to be resistant to slugs.

Larger clumps of Hostas can be divided in spring for propagation.

Expert Tip

Plant one of these (or, better, three) and watch them gather momentum and size with each passing year - these giants take a while to get going but, left undisturbed for several years, get seriously big!