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Snow Cap Hosta

Hosta 'Snow Cap'

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Snow Cap Hosta (Hosta 'Snow Cap') at Moana Nursery

Snow Cap Hosta foliage

Snow Cap Hosta foliage

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Plant Height:  20 inches

Flower Height:  32 inches

Spacing:  30 inches

Sunlight:  partial shade  full shade 

Hardiness Zone:  2

Other Names:  Plantain Lily, Funkia

Description:

A gray-green leaf center with streaky white to cream margins; spikes of large white flowers in early to mid-summer; a stunning specimen in the garden or border.

Ornamental Features

Snow Cap Hosta features dainty spikes of white tubular flowers rising above the foliage from early to mid summer. Its attractive heart-shaped leaves remain grayish green in color with distinctive white edges and tinges of creamy white throughout the season. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Snow Cap Hosta is a dense herbaceous perennial with tall flower stalks held atop a low mound of foliage. Its medium texture blends into the garden, but can always be balanced by a couple of finer or coarser plants for an effective composition.

This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and is best cleaned up in early spring before it resumes active growth for the season. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

  • Insects

Snow Cap Hosta is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • Border Edging
  • General Garden Use
  • Groundcover

Planting & Growing

Snow Cap Hosta will grow to be about 20 inches tall at maturity extending to 32 inches tall with the flowers, with a spread of 3 feet. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 30 inches apart. Its foliage tends to remain dense right to the ground, not requiring facer plants in front. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years.

This plant does best in partial shade to shade. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in both summer and winter to conserve soil moisture and protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid. It can be propagated by division; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Massing  Edging  Garden  Groundcover 
Applications
Flowers  Foliage Color  Plant Form 
Ornamental Features

Please note: Our Plant Guide is all about plants that will work in the high desert. It is not, nor is it intended to be, a current list of plants in stock on hand at each location or at our farm. We purposely do not sell or ship plants via the internet. Plant questions and availability are best determined in-store.