Hosta ‘Big Daddy’
hort-cluster plantain lily, giant blue hosta
Hosta ‘Big Daddy’ is, as the name suggests, one of the largest growing of all with huge overlapping piles of enormous, heart-shaped, puckered, glaucous blue-grey, cupped leaves. Stalks of white, nodding, trumpet-shaped flowers are bourne in early summer.
Plantain Lilies are deciduous herbaceous perennials and unrivalled stalworts of the woodland garden.
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Hosta ‘Big Daddy’ is a hybrid of H.seiboldiana, whoever it’s other parent is not know. Massive leaves and greyish wite, bell shaped foliage point to a strong connection to H.seiboldiana.
The glaucous substance on the leaves serve both as a protection from too much sunlight as well as a deterrent for slug. Due to this layer of protection, the Big Daddy Hosta is more resistant to slugs than other varieties.
Care & Size Guidance
They generally conform to the same growth habit yet even the subtlest variations in colour or texture make them eminently collectable.
Most varieties are best left to establish for a few years after planting to reach their full potential and character and given protection against slugs and snails.