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(12-26-18) One hosta that attracts the attention of many new collectors is ‘White Feather’. It is very unique and stands out among the greens, blues and even streakers in many gardens.

There are several drawbacks to raising any white hosta.

The more white tissue there is, the more sensitive the plant will be about sunlight. White leaf tissue is often thinner, making it more susceptible to burning or melting-out.

Hostas with white tissue need to create their own food, all plants need green pigmentation to create chlorophyll. This means that all white hostas, must develop green tissue to survive. Because of this they’re noted to be very slow-growing.

Listing of other white hostas – (Courtesy Don Rawson’s The Hosta Lists –  VERY WHITE-LEAVED HOSTAS

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White Feather (sport of Undulata Mediovariegata) (Gerard Heemskerk 2005). good grower, takes a lot of sun, flowers are lavender. white leaves in spring, later will streak up green with white stripes.


Alien Fingers (‘White Feather’ sport) (Danny Van Eechaute) Hexaploid version of ‘White Feather‘.

Not related to White Feather, here is another all white hosta that originated out of New Zealand –

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White Witch (‘Salem’ seedling) (Madelon Gilligan 2017)

creamy white undergoes multiple color changes, starts out as creamy-white, changes to yellow, then speckled green, then a soft shiny green.

Salem (Lucy’s Breeder‘ x montana) (Lucy Simpers/Pete Ruh 2000)