Hosta ‘Big Daddy’

hort-cluster plantain lily, giant blue hosta

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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.

Origin: Japan, cultivar of horticultural origin
Genus: Hosta
Species / Cultivar: x sieboldiana var. Big Daddy
Common Name: hort-cluster plantain lily, giant blue hosta
Synonym: Hosta glauca

Plant Biography

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.

Hosta 'Big Daddy'
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

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.

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