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Herbaceous Perennial

Hosta 'Fire and Ice' (v)

plantain lily 'Fire and Ice'

'Fire and Ice' is a compact, mound-forming perennial to 60cm tall and wide. Itsovate, slightly wavy-edged, variegated leaves have creamy-white centres with irregular green margins. Spikes of lavender flowers are borne above the foliage in summer

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Size
Ultimate height
0.5–1 metres
Time to ultimate height
2–5 years
Ultimate spread
0.5–1 metres
Growing conditions
Clay
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Moist but well–drained
pH
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Cream Green Variegated White
Summer Blue Purple Cream Green Variegated White
Autumn Cream Green Variegated White
Winter
Position
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
Aspect

North–facing or East–facing

Exposure
Sheltered
Drought resistance
Yes
Hardiness
H7
Botanical details
Family
Asparagaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Deciduous
Habit
Clump forming
Genus

Hosta are clump-forming herbaceous perennials with simple, ovate or lance-shaped leaves, often attractively coloured or variegated, and erect racemes of nodding, funnel or bell-shaped flowers in early summer

Name status

Accepted

How to grow

Cultivation

Grow in fertile, moist but well-drained soil in part shade with shelter from cold, dry winds. See hosta cultivation

Propagation

Propagate by division in late summer or early spring

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • City and courtyard gardens
  • Coastal
  • Patio and container plants
  • Cottage and informal garden
  • Low Maintenance
  • Wall side borders
  • Flower borders and beds
  • Garden edging
  • Ground cover
  • Underplanting of roses and shrubs
Pruning

Remove spent foliage as required and clear up dead foliage when it dies back at the end of the growing season

Pests

May be attacked by slugs, snails and vine weevil

Diseases

May be subject to a virus

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