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Hosta 'White Feather'

Plantain Lily

Hardy Perennial

A very unusual variety! Emerging leaves appear almost totally white, slowly developing green streaks until the whole leaf turns green. Spikes of lavender flowers tower over the lush foliage from mid summer. Unlike other varieties, White Feather tolerates a sunny position making an attractive border or container plant. Also excellent as ground cover in woodland gardens or on the outskirts of ponds and boggy areas. Height and spread: 45cm (18"). Supplied as size one bareroot plants.

Culinary information: The best part to use is the hoston, the rolled up leaf as it emerges in the spring. Cooking depends on the size of the hostons, small ones can be fried for a few minutes, going well in stir fries. Thicker ones are better boiled and used as a vegetable. For more details about edible flowers click here.

Ideal For:
groundcover, patio, cottage gardens, woodland garden
Flowering Period:
July, August
sun or semi shade, dappled shade
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On delivery of your bareroot Hostas please plant them at the earliest opportunity. Should soil conditions prevent planting directly into borders (if soil is frozen or waterlogged); bareroots should be potted up, watered sparingly and grown on in a cool position. Choose a position in sun or dappled shade onrich fertile, well drained soil and work some compost or general fertiliser into the top 20cm of the soil. Dig a hole wide enough to accommodate the bareroot with its roots spread out and deep enough that the crown of the plant is just a few cm below soil level. Backfill the hole with soil and firm the plant in gently. Leave a slight depression around the plant - this will help to direct water towards the roots. Water well to settle the soil.
In autumn, remove old foliage and apply a mulch of well rotted manure or garden compost to the base of the plant. Lift and divide Hosta plants in autumn every third year to maintain their vigour.
We will do our best to ship your plants or bulbs to you at the ideal time for planting as stated against each product. We recommend that you prepare your soil, planting beds or patio containers ahead of time so you are ready to plant out, or pot on, just as soon as your order arrives. You will find the name of the variety printed on the top line of the address label on your package. Please ensure that you open the packaging immediately and carefully read through the instruction leaflet provided. For greatest success, please pot on or plant out as soon as possible, following the cultural instructions enclosed with your order.
  1. Long-term care

    By Derek Fairbank-Laws 13-01-2012

    Hosta "White Feather" Please don't let it dry out, but don't overwater it either, as this may lead to crown rot. Once it's about 2 or 3 years old, it is more hardy and it will benefit from working in some manure or damp compost to the soil near the plant and it may be suitable for lifting and dividing at that age.

  2. Cultural problems

    By Derek Fairbank-Laws 13-01-2012

    Hosta "White Feather" Many reports say it starts to wither the leaves within the first two months, where this may be due to the lack of green areas in younger plants - giving a shortage of chlorphyl (plus perhaps sunlight) and sometimes it displays grey streaks typical of crown rot. The plant should be left for a seaon, with the damaged leaves removed, even though it appears dead, as sometimes, it will show new shoots the following year!

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