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Hosta So Sweet

Plantain Lily

Decorative foliage and dramatic flowers

This Hosta really does live up to its name with pale green leaves that have a distinctive golden edge which matures to creamy white as the summer progresses. Pale purple flower spikes top the plants in late summer to complete the picture.


A lovely plant for a container in a shady spot or in a moist or wet border in part or full shade. Use in a bog garden or on the edge of a pond as well.


Easy to grow in any good, moist garden soil, Keep well watered until established. Use good quality loam based compost for container growing and water frequently in summer.

Plant details

In depth plant information

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Plant type Perennial herbaceous, Ground cover
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available April - September
Season of interest Summer
Flowering June - August
Evergreen No
Plant height 85 cm - 100 cm
Plant width 80 cm - 100 cm
Fragrant flowers No
Attracts bees No
Attracts butterflies No
Plant height in 5 years 90 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H4

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Clay, Loam
Light exposure Part shade
Soil drainage Well drained, Medium
Planting instructions

Water the plant in its pot thoroughly before planting – give it a good soaking. Prepare the area by digging a hole twice the size of the pot. Dig compost into the base of the hole. Remove the pot and position the plant in the hole, with the top of the rootball about level with the surrounding soil. Refill the planting hole with a mixture of garden soil and compost, firming as you go. Water in well and keep well watered during the plant's first year.

Planting site Patio container, Flower border and beds, Cottage garden, Informal garden, City garden, Courtyard garden

Typically available

From April to September