We have information on over 8,000 hostas in our database. Just for
fun, we have created a ton of pages to sort that information in
are now over 10,000 named cultivars of hosta in the
world. So, it can often be fun or a challenge to come up
with a name for new cultivars. We have created database
sorts to reflect a wide range of hosta naming
- This includes words used in multiple hosta names.
we came across some factor that helped to separate one
hosta from another, we have noted it in our database.
Here are some categories that relate to the types and
uses of hostas.
new hostas come about due to a "spontaneous" change in
the color of the leaves of hostas i.e. sports. Others
are the result of conscious cross breeding of plants by
hybridizers. At times, the parentage, background or the
originator of the plant is just plain unknown.
American Hosta Society has ways to recognize
outstanding hostas and
hostaphiles. These include the Summers, Benedict and
Fisher Awards along with their annual popularity poll.
Other types of recognition are also noted in our sort
the vast majority of new hosta cultivars originate in
the United States, hybridizers and hostaphiles in other
countries have also contributed many new hostas. The
species hostas come from Japan, Korea and China.
U.S. States of Origin of Hosta Cultivars
American Hosta Society in their registration process
define 5 size categories for hosta plants. These are
based on the height and width dimension of a mature
the number one reason for the popularity of hostas is
their ability to thrive in low light i.e. shade
environments. However, a very close second on the list
would be leaf variegation. Hostas as a species seem to
produce more variegated plants more often than many
other garden plants. Yellow, white or lighter shades of
green or blue-green found on the margins, center or
scattered throughout the leaf blade define a plant as
variegated. In hostas, this occurs in three types of
stresses such as too much sun, drought, excessive heat
and other factors may cause a hosta leaf to change color
in a particular year. However, certain types are noted
for going through a color change every year regardless
of the environment. The standard changes include
becoming more white (albescent), more yellow (lutescent)
or more green (viridescent). We have also
included our own category, "bluescent" to include those
blue-green plants that routinely turn to green as the
flowers come in a beautiful but somewhat limited range
of colors from white to lavender to purple. Some are
fragrant and others are borne in clusters on the flower scapes.
the exact date that a hosta will bloom in your garden
may vary somewhat from year to year or from location to
location, each cultivar is listed with the month or
months in which they display their flowers.
are primarily important to hosta hybridizers. Some
plants are sterile and do not set seeds at all. Others
set seeds but they are not viable i.e. will not
germinate. Most hostas, however, set viable seeds.
hostas are often considered "low maintenance" plants in
relation to many other garden species, they do have some
problems. We have included a few of these in our
database and sorting pages.