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PlantFiles: Hosta
Hosta 'Royal Standard'

Family: Liliaceae (lil-ee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Hosta (HOSS-tuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Royal Standard
Hybridized by Grulleman; Year of Registration or Introduction: 1964

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34 members have or want this plant for trade.

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)

Sun Exposure:
Light Shade

Other details:
Flowers are fragrant
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Patent Information:

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

Growing Habit:

Growth Rate:

Leaf Shape:

Leaf Appearance:

Degree to which the appearance is present:

Leaf Texture (top):
Very Shiny

Leaf Texture (bottom):
Slightly Shiny

Leaf Substance:
3 (Average)

Leaf Color:
Medium Green

Color of Leaf Margin:
Medium Green

Number of Vein Pairs:
Fewer than 9

Appearance of Margin:
Slightly Rippled

Margin Width:
No margin

Bloom Time:

Flower Shape:

Flower Fragrance:
Slightly Fragrant

Does it set seed?:
Yes; seed is not viable

Bloom Color:
Pure White

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9 positives
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive weedsfree On Aug 13, 2012, weedsfree from Magna, UT (Zone 7a) wrote:

This one tolerates morning and evening sun and heat well without the leaves frying. Stays green too. Only thing that bothers it is wind. The wind cuts up the leaves easily.

Positive audrebytes On Jun 30, 2009, audrebytes from South Lyon, MI (Zone 5a) wrote:

I really love this variant - the mature specimen is truly spectacular. Mine is a 3 foot tall, 5 foot wide mound of bright green leaves that really is a show-stopper.

The only thing I might add is that apparently EARWIGS like it too, in addition to the slugs and snails. This isn't a waxy hosta, so be prepared to fend off the bugs looking for the salad bar.

Positive violabird On Aug 12, 2008, violabird from Barnesville, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

This is one hosta I'll never be without. I've been growing 'Royal' for years and has survived our droughts. I have no slugs or snail problems with mine, give it very little water or food and it always rewards me.

I'm surprised to see notes that the blooms are only 'slightly fragrant', mine have a rich lily-like scent that fills my hillside garden each August.

Neutral Gabrielle On May 6, 2008, Gabrielle from (Zone 5a) wrote:

a.k.a. Hosta plantaginea 'Royal Standard'

Positive Jennie_in_MT On Jul 10, 2007, Jennie_in_MT from Lothair, MT (Zone 4a) wrote:

Looking beautiful this summer!

Neutral fluffygrue On Jul 12, 2005, fluffygrue from Manchester
United Kingdom (Zone 8a) wrote:

My snails seem to adore this plant, even though it's growing in a container. Will see if it manages to get going or if they kill it completely..

Positive PureEnergy On Apr 21, 2004, PureEnergy from Orlando, FL wrote:

I have been growing Royal Standard Hostas in the full (northern exposure) sun and partial shade for over 10 years in Florida, first in Leesburg (Zone 9a) for over 5 years and in Orlando (Zone 9b) for 5 years. They are wonderfully fragrant, bloom profusely twice a year and I have had blooms as early as March. The only downside is the same problem up north - snails and slugs. They need consistant watering and I baby them but they are worth it.
Pure Energy

Positive FL_Gator On Aug 30, 2002, FL_Gator from Dunnellon, FL (Zone 8b) wrote:

ROYAL STANDARD is one of very few Hostas that can be grown in Zone 8b Florida. Here, it makes two flushes of bloom, with the second coming as the last flowers of the first flush fade. I have it in filtered shade under a fairly large Redbud Tree, and it has done very well for me.

Positive jody On Aug 9, 2002, jody from MD &, VA (Zone 7b) wrote:

Very fast growing, and produces a large number of fragrant flowers. Mine tolerates a couple hours of direct morning sun and looks great. Scapes get about 30"-40" high.

Positive smiln32 On Aug 7, 2002, smiln32 from Oklahoma City, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

Beautiful foliage...shiny green leaves. Transplants well and slugs/bugs aren't especially attracted to it.

Positive Greenwood On May 5, 2002, Greenwood from Bonifay, FL (Zone 8a) wrote:

Royal Standard is a fast growing hosta that can take some sun and has attractive foliage. The plant in the pix shows some sport leaf and RS has many recognize sports. Was introduced in to the mail order trade in1964.


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

Montgomery, Alabama
Juneau, Alaska
Malvern, Arkansas
Oxford, Connecticut
Bonifay, Florida
Albany, Georgia
Barnesville, Georgia
Cleveland, Georgia
Marietta, Georgia
Caseyville, Illinois
Machesney Park, Illinois
Nilwood, Illinois
Northbrook, Illinois
Washington, Illinois
Indianapolis, Indiana
Macy, Indiana
Dubuque, Iowa
Inwood, Iowa
Mechanicsville, Iowa
Clay Center, Kansas
Hebron, Kentucky
Henderson, Kentucky
Baker, Louisiana
Durham, Maine
Sumner, Maine
Easton, Maryland
Adrian, Michigan
Dearborn Heights, Michigan
Royal Oak, Michigan (2 reports)
South Lyon, Michigan
Traverse City, Michigan
Albertville, Minnesota
Andover, Minnesota
Braham, Minnesota
Minneapolis, Minnesota (2 reports)
New Ulm, Minnesota
Joplin, Missouri
Saint Louis, Missouri
Lothair, Montana
Murray, Nebraska
Omaha, Nebraska
Munsonville, New Hampshire
Rindge, New Hampshire
Cape May Court House, New Jersey
Freehold, New Jersey
Greene, New York
Suffern, New York
Pittsboro, North Carolina
Belfield, North Dakota
Medora, North Dakota
Cincinnati, Ohio
Dublin, Ohio
Mill City, Oregon
Portland, Oregon
Coopersburg, Pennsylvania
Glen Mills, Pennsylvania
Mount Holly Springs, Pennsylvania
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
North Augusta, South Carolina
Middleton, Tennessee
Westmoreland, Tennessee
Colmesneil, Texas
Magna, Utah
Big Stone Gap, Virginia
Lexington, Virginia
Norfolk, Virginia
Portsmouth, Virginia
Madison, Wisconsin (2 reports)
Marion, Wisconsin

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