Hosta 'Sagae'
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Hosta 'Sagae'

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Common Name: Plantain Lily
Hardiness Zone: 3-8S/9W Exposure: Part Shade
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Blooms In: Jul
Mature Height: 2-3' Spacing: 24-30"
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'Sagae' is a BIG Hosta, developing with age into a robust, vase-shaped specimen more than 3′ across. The satiny leaves are large, wavy blue-green ovals edged in yellow to cream and embellished in midsummer with tall, sturdy spikes of showy lavender bells. Use 'Sagae' as a color accent for shade lovers with yellow flowers, such as Digitalis, Kirengeshoma, Disporum flavens, or Epimedium. Winner of the Award of Garden Merit from the Royal Horticultural Society.

This genus of shade lovers has 70 species, all of them from China and Japan, and hybridizers have produced hundreds of exciting crosses. Hostas have many handsome leaf colorations and lavender or white Lily-like flowers on graceful stalks. Plants prefer a moist location, but we've had a mass planting thrive for more than 30 years under a row of Sugar Maples. (In the South and West, evenly moist soil is required.) Because Hostas are grown primarily for their foliage, we give the height of the leaves, not the flowers.

For more information on the growing and care of Hosta, click Growing Guide.




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Average Customer Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars (3 Reviews) Write a Review

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Love this Hosta

This is a great Hosta! The slightly wavy edges to the large leaves make it really stand out and the slugs barely touch mine here in CT.

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still coming into its own

I have this planted in a bed where small hostas, ferns, and other shade lovers underplant shrubs like serviceberry and oak-leaf hydrangea. This is filling in an open, partly sunny spot in the bed that needed something eye-catching. The form is lovely, with wavy-edged leaves and a beautiful cream color, but the plant wasn't as big as I expected. This isn't necessarily the last word on that, though, since it's also the first year it's been in the garden, and I expect it will really take off next year.

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Better than I deserve

What a wonderful hosta - big, beautiful form, leaves the size of dinner plates, showy blooms on stalks held well above the tall foliage. (I stake them or they flop over from their own weight.) Hostas are grown for their foliage and the blooms are overlooked. In fact, hostas can give you a gorgeous flower garden in shady spots where little else will bloom. When my hosta bed is in bloom it's the prettiest part of my garden. (And the hummingbirds seem to love them - bonus!!!!)

I have the bad habit of dividing hostas before I plant them. (Did you know that hostas can be propagated from a tissue culture? I once accidentally chopped off a single crown with no root while dividing. I shoved it in the ground expecting it to die. It grew.) I placed one plant in deep shade and the other in a place where it gets a little sun. Both are thriving. The one in the sunny location has a wider margin of yellow around the leaves and has grown a tiny bit bigger. Both get lovely blooms in early summer.

This is one hardy plant. You can't kill it if you try. It tolerates wet conditions alternating with dry condition. It takes heat. It survives the wacky temperature roller coaster we have had for the last few years. And fertilizer? What is fertilizer? You can abuse Sagae and it will just keep coming. Throw it in the ground, ignore it, and it will reward you beyond your expectations.

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Growing guide

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Latin Name Pronunciation: hos'tuh  

The hybridizers have gone wild with Hostas , which are now available in sizes from a few inches to several feet tall with foliage in many bold or subdued patterns and colors. The larger varieties can be truly architectural and stand out as specimen plants, while other forms are ideal for edging, lighting up a woodland, or stabilizing a slope.

Light/Watering: Drought-tolerant once established, these plants are at their best in evenly moist soil in partial shade, although a very few will tolerate full sun with sufficient water. Once established, Hostas can take a good bit of drought, and will compete successfully with tree roots in the North, but need regular watering in the South.

Fertilizer/Soil and pH: Hostas thrive in average, even damp, soils that are slightly acid and will benefit from a light application of fertilizer in early spring. These low-maintenance plants can be ignored and they will still perform; to get the most out of them, however, provide deep, rich soil and consistent watering along with occasional side-dressing of compost or aged manure. An organic mulch is appreciated but keep it away from the crowns.

Pests/Diseases: Slugs are the bane of Hostas; use slug bait, dishes of beer, and diatomaceous earth to discourage them. Voles have been known to decimate plantings by eating the roots; trap or use another method to repel these varmints.

Companions: Hostas are lovely with other shade-lovers such as Ferns, Tiarella, taller Campanulas, Phlox divaricata, Daylilies and, especially, true Lilies. They are ideal when planted amid patches of spring-flowering bulbs, as their foliage will obscure the bulb foliage as it dies back.

Reflowering: Very few varieties will reflower; cut flower spikes off at their base when blooming is over.

Dividing/Transplanting: These forgiving plants are best divided in spring when the new leaves are still furled up, but both division and transplanting are successful throughout the season if attention is paid to thorough follow-up watering.

End-of-Season Care: Foliage should be cut back in the fall to eliminate cover for overwintering slugs but this can also done in the spring.

Calendar of Care

Early Spring: Apply a light application of balanced or slow-release fertilizer or side-dress with compost and organic amendments when new growth appears. Divide or transplant now before leaves unfurl. Water newly planted plants well if it is unseasonably dry, as Hostas prefer evenly moist soil.

Mid-Spring: Mulch plants after soil has warmed, keeping mulch away from the crowns to discourage rot.

Late Spring: Watch for slug damage and use preventative measures if slugs are active.

Summer: Groom plants by removing yellow or dead leaves and cut flower spikes back as they finish blooming, unless you want to collect seed.

Fall: Cut foliage back to soil level. For new plants, provide a winter mulch of evergreen boughs or salt marsh hay after the ground freezes to help prevent heaving.


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