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Hosta 'Sweet Innocence'

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Sweet Innocence Hosta (Hosta 'Sweet Innocence') at Van Atta's Greenhouse

Sweet Innocence Hosta foliage

Sweet Innocence Hosta foliage

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Sweet Innocence Hosta (Hosta 'Sweet Innocence') at Van Atta's Greenhouse

Sweet Innocence Hosta

Sweet Innocence Hosta

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Plant Height:  19 inches

Flower Height:  3 feet

Spacing:  30 inches

Sunlight:  partial shade  full shade 

Hardiness Zone:  3

Other Names:  Plantain Lily, Funkia


A light, apple green leaf center with wide, pure white margins; leaf is heart shaped and of good substance; spikes of fragrant white flowers in late summer; a wonderful contrasting plant in the garden or border

Ornamental Features

Sweet Innocence Hosta features dainty spikes of fragrant white tubular flowers rising above the foliage in late summer. Its attractive heart-shaped leaves remain light green in color with distinctive white edges throughout the season. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Sweet Innocence Hosta is a dense herbaceous perennial with tall flower stalks held atop a low mound of foliage. Its medium texture blends into the garden, but can always be balanced by a couple of finer or coarser plants for an effective 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;

  • Insects

Sweet Innocence Hosta is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • Border Edging
  • General Garden Use
  • Groundcover

Planting & Growing

Sweet Innocence Hosta will grow to be about 19 inches tall at maturity extending to 3 feet tall with the flowers, with a spread of 3 feet. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 30 inches apart. Its foliage tends to remain dense right to the ground, not requiring facer plants in front. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years.

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.

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Massing  Edging  Garden  Groundcover 
Flowers  Foliage Color  Plant Form 
Ornamental Features