Failed to thrive
White Feather Hosta came up beautifully, then started to turn brown and withered around the edges of the leaves and appears to be dying. First the edges of each leaf drooped when dig it up the root system looks really good but the leaves are almost destroyed.
This case might be happen ,in general, variegated plants tend to be less hardy than solid green plants due to there is less leaf area of the chlorophyll with which to capture sunlight. In the case of the White Feather, all of the leaf area is white when it first breaks through the ground – although it does develop green streaks (some leaves may become totally green) –white hosta with thin leave should be control well for the sun light, bright shade, or early morning or evening sun are their best. Direct sun exposure is often too intense for the white hostas may cause them to burn or turn brown so you can always move them to another location. Planting white host in the pot is the best way for control sun light,but don’t worry, so long as the root it’s not died it will emerge again next spring. Because of this,. It is best to start this plant in a large pot and keep it evenly moist.

Hosta ‘White Feather’

Plant Size (check one):

Small (leaf 6.0-25 square inches; plant 6”-10” tall)


9-12 in. (22-30 cm)


USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 °C (-40 °F)

USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 °C (-35 °F)

USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 °C (-30 °F)

USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 °C (-25 °F)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 °C (-20 °F)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 °C (-15 °F)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 °C (-10 °F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 °C (-5 °F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 °C (0 °F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 °C (5 °F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 °C (10 °F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 °C (15 °F)

Sun Exposure:

Light Shade

Partial to Full Shade

Full Shade

Other details:

Unknown – Tell us

Patent Information:


Seed Collecting:

Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

Growing Habit:


Growth Rate:


Leaf Shape:


Leaf Appearance:


Degree to which the appearance is present:


Leaf Texture (top):

Slightly Shiny

Leaf Texture (bottom):

Unknown – Tell us

Leaf Substance:

Unknown – Tell us

Leaf Color:

Greenish White

Creamy White

Color of Leaf Margin:

No margin

Number of Vein Pairs:

Fewer than 9

Appearance of Margin:

Slightly Rippled

Margin Width:

No margin

Bloom Time:


Flower Shape:


Flower Fragrance:

No fragrance

Does it set seed?:

Unknown – Tell us

Bloom Color:

Pale Lavender

Medium Lavender

Foliage Color:

Unknown – Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown – Tell us

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown – Tell us


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Nilwood, Illinois

Columbus, Indiana

Greenfield, Indiana

Oskaloosa, Iowa

Benton, Louisiana

Ann Arbor, Michigan

Saint Paul, Minnesota

Brooklyn, New York

Buffalo, New York

Rochester, New York

Clemmons, North Carolina

Durham, North Carolina

Norman, Oklahoma

Mindoro, Wisconsin

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‘White Feather’ Hosta

Give your garden a true touch of the unusual by adding ‘White Feather’ hosta to the mix. This striking perennial accents any planting with its distinctive colorless leaves. ‘White Feather’ hosta takes light-colored leaves to a whole new level. It’s not the easiest hosta to grow, but with a little attention to detail, you can enjoy a truly one-of-a-kind hosta.
Growing ‘White Feather’ hosta successfully requires a trip back to biology class. Remember learning about chlorophyll? It’s the green stuff that makes plants grow. ‘White Feather’ hosta doesn’t have any—that’s why the leaves are white. As a result, this is a slow-growing plant.
Even in ideal growing conditions, this beauty isn’t going to achieve full size right away, so if you plan to grow it, invest in creating perfect hosta growing conditions. Enrich soil with plenty of organic matter to improve soil nutrition and water-holding abilities.
As for light conditions, hostas with heavy white variegations on leaves can’t typically withstand direct sun. ‘White Feather’ hosta is no exception. Keep this pale-leafed perennial in light to full shade for best coloring. Lighter colored leaf tissue is also usually thinner, which means it can easily burn in direct sun.
That thin leaf tissue is a beacon to slugs, which love munching on the thin material. When growing ‘White Feather’ hosta, keep a supply of slug bait on hand, and use it liberally. You can find pet-safe slug baits, if that’s a concern. Rabbits also tend to be fond of this white hosta. Protect plants with sprays or plastic bird netting.
‘White Feather’ hosta isn’t a large plant. It grows 6 to 10 inches tall and 9 to 12 inches wide. Place it where you can see it—toward the front of a bed or better still, in a container. Many gardeners grow ‘White Feather’ hosta in pots so that they can give it a prominent location in their gardens. Growing this pale beauty in a container also makes it easier to protect it from slugs and rabbits.
Leaves are whitest when they emerge in early spring. As summer unfolds, green starts to appear on ‘White Feather’ hosta leaves. First, you’ll see green leaf veins, followed by a pale green cast to the leaves. Don’t be alarmed by this color transformation. Remember—the leaves need some chlorophyll to fuel growth and build some food supplies in roots to jump-start growth next year.
Like many hostas, ‘White Feather’ hosta is hardy in Zones 3 to 9. In cold winter regions, if you’re growing ‘White Feather’ in a pot, sink the container into soil in an empty garden bed for the winter. A vegetable planting area works great. Mulch soil once it freezes to provide extra protection for your prized hosta.
If you like the look of ‘White Feather’ hosta but don’t think you’re up the challenge of tending a prima donna perennial, check out other hosta plant varieties with white variegated leaves. ‘Fire and Ice’ and ‘Fireworks’ both offer substantial white patches on leaves—without the care demands that ‘White Feather’ hosta needs.

White Feather Hosta Plant

White feather hosta is a small plant that is grown mainly for decorative purposes. White feather hosta grows six to ten inches in height and approximately ten inches wide. Hosta plants are one of the unique and popular garden plants that mainly grow in shady places.
There are numerous varieties of hosta plants. At the time when white feather host plants break from the ground, they are all white in color; however, this is a seemingly magical color in plants. From the basic biology of the plant, we know that all plants requires green pigments (chlorophyll) to make its own food. This implies that all absolute white feather hostas, as magnificent as they may appear, must at some stages of growth, develop green tissue (chloroplast) for their survival.

Caring for White Feather Hosta

Generally, white feather hosta requires very minimal care and maintenance. However, growing white feather is not a hassle-free endeavor. It requires the gardener to have basic knowledge of plant biology. Remember the importance and function of green coloring matter in a plant? White Feather Hostas lack chlorophyll and hence they grow slowly. Therefore, even upon providing this beauty with ideal and conducive growing conditions, White Feather Hosta plants will barely achieve full growth.

Therefore, for effective growth of White Feathers Hosta, you are required to adequately enrich your soil with organic manure in order to improve the water retaining capacity of the soil and to improve soil nutrition.

White Feather Hostas are very sensitive to direct sun. They have thin light colored leaves which are often burnt by the direct sun. To achieve maximum coloring of white feather hosta, ensure that the plant is kept under the shade. Most gardeners plant their hostas in a large pot or container to ensure convenient transportation of the plant.

The thin white leaves of hosta plant are a true delicacy to slugs. Slugs are fond of munching on thin leaves. Therefore, when cultivating white feather hosta, protect your hosta plant by plastic bird netting, spraying and by using slug baits. Moreover, rabbits and deer also find joy in eating white feather hosta plant leaves.

Leaves are apparently white during spring. However, as the summer season creeps in, green pigment becomes visible on white feather hosta leaves. First, it begins by leaf variegation which is characterized by the formation of green leaf veins, and then the entire leaf becomes pale green. This magical color transformation should not alarm you. Remember, leaves clearly require a green pigment to fuel photosynthesis.

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