Hosta sieboldiana ‘Elegans’

short-cluster plantain lily, giant blue hosta

(3 customer reviews)


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.


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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.
Toxicity: Mildly toxic
May lead to nausea, diarrhoea, vomiting in pets, if ingested in large quantities.
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 more resistant to slugs than others.

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!
Planting Hostas

Planting Hostas

Hostas thrive in well-draining, rich soil which has a slightly acidic to neutral pH (around 6.0 to 7.5). Before planting, amend the soil with organic matter such as compost or aged manure to improve its texture and fertility. Work the amendments into the soil to a depth of about 30cm.

If the roots are tightly bound, gently tease them apart to encourage outward growth. Place the plant in the centre of the planting hole, ensuring that it is positioned at the same depth as it was in the container. Backfill with compost and keep the soil consistently moist but not waterlogged while it is getting established.

Apply a layer of organic mulch, such as shredded bark or compost, around the base of the Hosta plant to help retain soil moisture and suppress weed growth.  Keep the mulch a few inches away from the stem to prevent rot and fungal diseases.

A slug magnet

A slug magnet

Hostas are a magnet for slugs and often fall victim to them, creating a challenging relationship for gardeners. Slugs are voracious nocturnal feeders (insert Hosta vampire reference here!) that can cause significant damage to Hostas, particularly by consuming their tender leaves.

Hosta plants are particularly attractive to slugs due to their succulent leaves and the moist, shady environments they often grow in. They can consume significant portions of the foliage, compromising the plant’s ability to photosynthesise and ultimately weakening it.

Gardeners often employ various strategies to control slug populations and protect their Hosta plants. These may include physical barriers such as copper tape or diatomaceous earth, which create obstacles that slugs are reluctant to cross. A more recent

3 customer reviews for Hosta sieboldiana ‘Elegans’

Beautiful hosta with large leaves. Looks great against the fence. Fast delivery and very well packaged- thank you

Dawn Crossley-Knowles (verified owner)

Fabulous quality plant and packed with skill and care. My Hosta arrived in tiptop condition and I’m delighted. Especially as the price was extremely reasonable for such a large specimen. I wil most definitely be using The Palm Centre.

Gill Holman (verified owner)

Excellent quality plants, carefully packed and good value for money. Will buy again.

Christine A Hodgson (verified owner)