Elegans Sieboldiana Hosta
Bodacious! Elegans Sieboldiana Hosta, also known as Big Blue Hosta, delivers drama to shady spaces. Giant, rounded blue leaves burst from the ground in spring, quickly forming a majestic mound of striking, corrugated foliage. In early summer, white flowers with a pale lavender cast rise just above the super-sized leaves, summoning hummingbirds for a sip of nectar. Plant Elegans among other Hostas to celebrate the diversity within this fascinating group of Spirits. Or, use it as a specimen and surround it with delicate ferns to highlight its bold texture.
Hostas are native to Japan, China, and Korea, but they have many passionate fans around the world. Over the years, plant breeders (along with some home gardeners) have introduced new Hosta selections whenever they’ve found a plant with unique traits. As a result, there are now thousands of varieties to pick from! Large, small, blue, green, gold, variegated, upright, or spreading—there’s something for everyone. Elegans Sieboldiana Hosta originated in Germany in 1905. Georg Arends, who was most famous for breeding Astilbes, developed it. He originally named the plant ‘Robusta’.
Hostas are simple to grow, but one challenge Hosta growers do face is slugs. Slugs love these succulent Spirits. Because Elegans Sieboldiana Hosta has such thick, waxy foliage, however, it is largely slug-proof! They tend to shun it and go elsewhere in search of easier meals.
How to Grow
Hostas love shade, and Elegans Sieboldiana is no exception. A bit of gentle morning sun, however, will help to bring out the bluest tones. Water regularly. This Hosta does possess some drought tolerance when established, but it will appear lushest with plenty of H2O. Avoid overhead irrigation if possible, which washes off the blue coating. Plants will become blue-green in rainy climates. In deer-prone areas, treat with Plantskydd® to prevent grazing. Foliage will die back with the first frosts and can be cut back then. If you wish to dig and divide Elegans Sieboldiana, you can do it at any time, but late winter/early spring is best.
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