Hosta 'White Christmas'

Tried and Trouble-free Recommended by 2 Professionals
Common Name: hosta
Type: Herbaceous perennial
Family: Asparagaceae
Zone: 3 to 8
Height: 1.00 to 1.50 feet
Spread: 1.50 to 2.00 feet
Bloom Time: July to August
Bloom Description: Lavender
Sun: Part shade to full shade
Water: Medium
Maintenance: Low
Flower: Showy
Leaf: Colorful
Tolerate: Heavy Shade, Black Walnut

Culture

Easily grown in average, medium, well-drained soils in part shade to full shade. Tolerant of a wide range of soil conditions. Does best in rich, moist, organic soils in light, sun-dappled shade. Divide plants as needed in spring or autumn (perhaps easiest in early spring before the leaves unfurl).

Noteworthy Characteristics

'White Christmas' is a hosta cultivar that features a 12-16" tall mound of medium, variegated, oval, basal leaves (to 7" long) which have large white centers and thin irregular dark green margins. Foliage mound will typically spread to 18-24" wide. Racemes of bell-shaped, lavender flowers appear in summer on scapes rising well above the foliage mound to 24-28" tall. Krossa/Palmer/Ruh 1999.

Problems

Slugs and snails are attracted to the foliage, chewing jagged holes in the leaves, and if left unchecked, can cause serious damage over a fairly short period of time. Leaf spots and crown rot are less frequent problems. Otherwise, hostas are virtually pest-free and are considered ideal low-maintenance garden perennials.

Garden Uses

Hostas are a mainstay of shade gardens. This hosta can be mixed with other perennials in shady borders, shade gardens or woodland gardens, or used as an edging plant. Mass for a showy ground cover.