Hosta – White Leaves

Q: I have hostas but I do not know the variety. They have been happy and normal. This year one of the plants has come up white with green veins. What is going on?

A: Neat! It is common for hostas to sprout variations on the traditional green and white stripes. It’s not very common to see completely white leaves but not terribly uncommon either.

One variety called ‘White Feathers’ has been sold occasionally online but it never succeeds for long.

Hosta expert Chuck Zdeb says, “There is no way around the fact that the plant leaves need chlorophyll to convert the sun’s energy into plant energy. White leaves have no chlorophyll so they usually just fade away.”

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