Big Mama Hosta
Hosta 'Big Mama'
Big Mama Hosta foliage
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Plant Height: 18 inches
Flower Height: 30 inches
Spacing: 4 feet
Hardiness Zone: 2a
Other Names: Plantain Lily, Funkia
An excellent large variety featuring dense mounds of textured, blue-green heart-shaped leaves; white bell flowers appear in mid-summer; adds texture, color and contrast to shaded borders and beds; easy to grow and low maintenance
Big Mama Hosta features dainty spikes of white tubular flowers rising above the foliage in mid summer. Its attractive enormous textured round leaves remain bluish-green in color throughout the season.
Big Mama Hosta is a dense herbaceous perennial with tall flower stalks held atop a low mound of foliage. Its wonderfully bold, coarse texture can be very effective in a balanced garden 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;
Big Mama Hosta is recommended for the following landscape applications;
Planting & Growing
Big Mama Hosta will grow to be about 18 inches tall at maturity extending to 30 inches tall with the flowers, with a spread of 5 feet. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 4 feet apart. Its foliage tends to remain dense right to the ground, not requiring facer plants in front. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years. As an herbaceous perennial, this plant will usually die back to the crown each winter, and will regrow from the base each spring. Be careful not to disturb the crown in late winter when it may not be readily seen!
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. 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.