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Hosta 'Snake Eyes' is a hardy perennial cultivar that forms large mounds of wide, mid-green leaves with a lighter green centre, clearly defined with a white outline. In mid to late summer, erect stems of nodding pale lavender flowers appear. All Hostas need some shade, and few will thrive in strong sunlight. A general rule is that the lighter the foliage, the brighter the sunlight that will be tolerated. Variegated varieties tend to require more sun to keep their white, light green or gold stripes. The darker, bluer varieties need more shade. They are ideal for growing in North facing aspects of your garden where most other plants would struggle. Once established, Hostas are pretty tough and will spread horizontally to make an excellent ground cover. They are suitable for most garden styles and also look good in containers (but keep well watered and watch out for vine weevil in pots!). They require little care apart from tidying up spent leaves and flowers at the end of the growing season, and preferably an autumn mulch. Also in spring, to retain moisture. Hostas like a sheltered position in moist, well-drained soil and do best in a slightly acidic growing medium, but this isn't a necessity and any good garden soil – unless very alkaline – is fine. This cultivar is a sport seedling developed from Hosta 'Striptease' and has a wider white line definition between the leaf's outer and inner green colours than its parent.

Hosta are among the most popular of perennials for shady areas, with hundreds of varieties now readily available. Plants form a sturdy mound of foliage, topped with lily-like blooms. This large specimen has dark green, gold-centred leaves with prominent white streaking. Sport of H. ‘Striptease’. Lavender flowers appear in summer. Suitable also for planting in mixed containers or tubs. Hosta go completely dormant in the fall, and the dying foliage can be removed any time before mid spring. Easily divided in either spring or fall, but plants may be left alone for years. While deer enjoy eating Hosta, this variety may be slightly less palatable to deer than others.