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PlantFiles: Hosta
Hosta plantaginea 'Venus'

Family: Liliaceae (lil-ee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Hosta (HOSS-tuh) (Info)
Species: plantaginea (plan-tuh-JIN-ee-uh) (Info)
Cultivar: Venus

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Plant Size (check one):
Large (leaf 81-144 square inches; plant 18-28 tall)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

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)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

Sun Exposure:
Partial to Full Shade
Full Shade

Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

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:
Broadly Ovate

Leaf Appearance:

Degree to which the appearance is present:

Leaf Texture (top):
Very Shiny

Leaf Texture (bottom):
Very Shiny

Leaf Substance:
3 (Average)

Leaf Color:
Light Green
Medium Green

Color of Leaf Margin:
No margin

Number of Vein Pairs:
9 to 11

Appearance of Margin:
Flat/Nearly Flat

Margin Width:
No margin

Bloom Time:

Flower Shape:

Flower Fragrance:
Very Fragrant

Does it set seed?:
No it does not set seed

Bloom Color:
Pure White

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2 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive elvira10 On Jan 13, 2013, elvira10 from Derry, NH wrote:

This plant is awesome. First planted it in 2004. I have shared it with family and friends and placed it in other areas of my yard. I also have its kin Aphrodite. Have moved her (Aphrodite) around a couple of times. She (Aphrodite) seems to like more sun. My only regret is the flowers on both plants only bloom in August here in NH. I wish it had a longer bloom time. Venus is so fragrant.

Positive plantaholic186 On Sep 1, 2008, plantaholic186 from Winnetka, IL wrote:

I generally don't plant Hosta for the flowers, but this one is a doozy! Literally as big as my hand, and such a lovely scent. It's expensive and hard to find, but very worth it. After all, you only need one Hosta to divide.

Neutral berrygirl On Mar 24, 2007, berrygirl from Braselton, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

This is a sport of H. plantaginea 'Aphrodite', originally discovered at the Beijing Botanical Garden.


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

Meridianville, Alabama
Waukegan, Illinois
Winnetka, Illinois
Lansing, Kansas
Louisville, Kentucky
Taylorsville, Kentucky
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Derry, New Hampshire
Connellys Springs, North Carolina
Lebanon, Pennsylvania
Sumter, South Carolina

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