Hosta 'Forbidden Fruit'
Hosta 'Forbidden Fruit'
Hosta 'Forbidden Fruit'
Hosta 'Forbidden Fruit'
Hosta 'Forbidden Fruit'
Hosta 'Forbidden Fruit'
Hosta 'Forbidden Fruit'

Hosta 'Forbidden Fruit'
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"Plantain Lily"


Great for shade

Perfect for pots

RHS Award of Garden Merit

Packed in peat-free compost

Hardy throughout the UK


Hosta 'Forbidden Fruit' is a medium-sized cultivar with thick, highly coloured leaves. The outer edges are blue-green, while the inner sections are of a glowing, egg-yolk yellow and orange. Towards the end of the season, the centre or the leaf is almost white. As if this were not enough to attract you, pale lavender flowers appear in mid- to late summer, and these are a magnet for bees.

In general, hostas are among the most popular of perennials for shady areas, however 'Forbidden Fruit' will benefit from some direct sunlight. Be warned, though, long periods of hot afternoon sun can lead to scorching of the leaves, so partial shade is best when the sun is at its strongest.

Hosta 'Forbidden Fruit' is a tetraploid Hosta – meaning that it is more compact, has thicker leaves, and has more pronounced flowers than other, similar (non tetraploid) varieties. Mature clumps may be easily divided in the spring or autumn. This popular and desirable hosta (or plantain lily) has received an Award of Garden Merit from the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS).


Yellow + green leaves, pale lavender flowers


50-60 cm / 20-24"

Planting season:


Flowering time:


Botanical name:

Hosta 'Forbidden Fruit' (PBR)

Light requirements:

Partial shade / full shade

Soil moisture:

Moist but well-drained





  • Soak the roots in water for 3-6 hours prior to planting out
  • Plant your Hosta bare roots into temporary pots in spring and grow-on in a sheltered spot outdoors
  • Choose a pot which comfortably fits the bare roots
  • Plant the roots so that they are fully submerged with the shoots just below the surface or any top growth exposed
  • Plant in borders or containers in early summer once in full growth (or keep them in individual pots)
  • Space your plantain lily plants 80-90cm apart
  • Water-in after planting and keep hydrated when in growth
  • Read more in our planting guide
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