Hosta 'Fire Island'

Plantain Lily

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Medium; spectacular bright gold foliage will contrast dramatically against red petioles and speckles of red reach into the base of the leaves. Lavender flowers bloom midsummer; Vigorous growing variety that prefers shade.

  •  · Best in full shade
  •  · Vigorous grower
  •  · Vibrant spring foliage
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Hosta Great Expectations (sieboldiana)

Hosta 'Great Expectations (sieboldiana)'

Plantain Lily

Giant; Great Expectations was named for the fact that it is slow growing but eventually turns into a great specimen. Large puckered yellow-edged leaves with wide blue and green margins are worth the wait! White flowers appear in midsummer; slug resistant too.

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105 105 Cell
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12 in


30 in



Hosta 'Fire Island'
Hosta 'Fire Island'


Morning Sun / Afternoon Shade
Shade Tolerant

Soil Moisture Needs

Average Soil
Moist Soil

Nature Attraction

Attracts Hummingbirds


Ground Cover
Good Container Plant
Good Cut Flower / Foliage

Growth Rate in the Garden


Season of Interest (Flowering)


Season of Interest (Foliage)

Late Summer
Late Spring / Early Summer


Common Name: Plantain Lily

Very popular and undemanding perennial. Grown mostly for its decorative foliage, plants remain attractive from spring until frost. Most flower mid-July to early August. Hosta prefer partial shade, although a few will tolerate sun with adequate moisture. Use as a ground cover, for edging, or as an accent plant in the shady border.

NOTE SIZE: 25 X #1 TC: Look for this size for large bare root hosta grown from certified virus-free tissue culture. These hosta are grown for 2 years without digging and are tested 4 times per year for HVX. The 3rd year these hosta are dug, divided, replanted, and again tested 4 times for HVX. Any lots testing positive for HVX are immediatly destroyed. The 4th year these hosta are dug, graded for size, and packed for export. These hosta are not divided at this time to minimize infection and transference of HVX. This ensures the greatest possibility of receiving a virus-free crop along with realizing the benefits of field grown hosta, i.e. larger roots and more eyes.

Grow: Use well-drained soil with a pH 6.0 - 6.5. Center and plant so crown is 1" below soil surface, leaving developing eyes at or just below the soil surface. Spread roots evenly throughout the soil for faster growth.

Temperatures: Grow at 50F minimum to stimulate growth. If growing outside in early spring, do not allow pots to freeze.

Watering: Allow pots to dry slightly between watering, especially until growth appears.

Fertilizer: Hostas are light to moderate feeders. It is best to incorporate a slow release fertilizer in the soil prior to transplanting. If topdressing is desired, apply to the top of the soil after potting. If foliage is present, careful application must not allow fertilizer to become trapped in the leaf petioles. Otherwise, some leaf burning may occur.

Shade: Although some varieties are sun tolerant, provide 30% shade for best growth and quality.