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Hosta 'Guacamole'

Family: Liliaceae (lil-ee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Hosta (HOSS-tuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Guacamole
Hybridized by Solberg; Year of Registration or Introduction: 1994

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

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

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:
Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed

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):

Leaf Substance:
4 (Above Average)

Leaf Color:
Medium Green

Color of Leaf Margin:
Medium Green

Number of Vein Pairs:
12 to 15

Appearance of Margin:
Flat/Nearly Flat

Margin Width:
1/2" - 1"

Bloom Time:

Flower Shape:

Flower Fragrance:
Very Fragrant

Does it set seed?:
Yes; seed is viable

Bloom Color:
Near White
Pale Lavender

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13 positives
2 neutrals
1 negative

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive punkywi On Sep 5, 2013, punkywi from Dallas, WI (Zone 3b) wrote:

i have had this plant 3 years now and every year I like it more. It is huge - more than big enough to hide my bleeding hearts as they go dormant. And you cannot beat the fragrance and number of blooms! Incredible! I have them on my table all the time. Very hardy. Grows on the north side of my garage and takes the northern wisconsin winter wind.

Positive alclubb On Jun 21, 2013, alclubb from Flower Mound, TX wrote:

I currently have three Guacamole Hostas in my shade garden. Because mine are planted under an area that is really a tree canopy, they probably don't get as big as I would like, but they have done well in our hot Texas summers. I love the color of these hostas. They really stand out in the dense shade. I really don't have anything negative to say about this plant. I love them.

Positive TLynnK On May 9, 2012, TLynnK from (Zone 7b) wrote:

Beautiful, subtle coloring for shade/partial shade gardens. Planted several small plants last month & can't believe how big and beautiful they've become - nearly triple in size. Great space fillers, tall and full. I hope they last all summer.
(Update June 7, 2012. Guacamole is now my favorite hosta. Big, gorgeous & healthy. Mixed among various standard white/cream & yellow margin hostas, Guacamole's soft, medium green margins w/ bright, cheerful, broad lime green centers is a nice visual break for the eye. Very much brightens the garden. It's large sweeping leaves & even, upright "fountain" form is full & lush. Also, economically a good buy as it takes few plants to quickly fill large shade garden spaces. Highly recommend this variety. I love this plant.)

Positive Gabrielle On Feb 28, 2012, Gabrielle from (Zone 5a) wrote:

One of my favorite hostas. Nice color and streaking. Blooms August-September in my garden.

Positive ogon On Jun 23, 2011, ogon from Paradise, CA (Zone 9a) wrote:

Another one of my favorite hostas! Large glocous leaves with green edges, and a nice, tight growth form. The pretty white flowers contrast nicely with the folliage, and this guy is an early bloomer. Deer and slug resistant so far, it can also handle some direct sun and lots of heat with no problem. An all around beautiful and very easy hosta!

Positive pointgarden On Feb 23, 2011, pointgarden from Newport, RI wrote:

Strong grower,nice fragrance,clear white flower and somewhat slug resistant.I grow mine in dappled shade.

Neutral Marlina On Aug 11, 2009, Marlina from Blaine, MN (Zone 4b) wrote:

I just planted this last year in a place that they never seem to come back from but this did the first winter and is thriving.I can't wait to see it bloom from reading the comments i am really excited about this one.

Positive tscarff On May 29, 2009, tscarff from Jackson, MS wrote:

Nothing negative about this hosta. Absolutely stunning in color and form. Takes more sun than most hostas.

Negative margaretx On May 1, 2005, margaretx from Houston, TX (Zone 9b) wrote:

I'm on the Tx Gulf Coast and Guacamole vanished from my yard over the winter. Several others have returned but not this one. I was bummed.

Positive joyceh On Mar 22, 2005, joyceh from Stewart, MN (Zone 4a) wrote:

This is a vigorous plant and very attractive, takes a lot of sun. This is one worth having.

Positive bryanvac On May 18, 2003, bryanvac from Minneapolis, MN wrote:

A great hosta for your collection. Who would think a hosta would produce great cut flowers. The flower stocks are tall and filled with large fragrant flowers like tiny lilies. They are pure white and you smell them every time you walk by them in the house or outside. The leaf coloring is great, it makes this hosta really stand out.

Positive akitakitty On Apr 26, 2003, akitakitty from Gonzales, LA wrote:

i have had a lot of hostas and this one is probably my favorite. the two-tone leaves are beautiful and this hosta seems to reach mature size quicker than most. it will take tons of sun, even afternoon, but give it water frequently. and the flowers are beautiful and smell heavenly. you can't go wrong with this hosta.

Positive HummerRachel On Jan 20, 2003, HummerRachel from Cornwall, ON (Zone 5b) wrote:

A wonderful, very fast grower. Yes the fragrance is awesome and the hummingbirds are drawn to this one like sugar. Will take a great deal of sun without showing stress (water accordingly of course). If your just starting your collection, definately include this one.

Positive smiln32 On Aug 11, 2002, smiln32 from Oklahoma City, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

Beautiful, shiny leaves. Gorgeous bright green color. Love this one!

Vigorous sport of 'Fragrant Bouquet'. Colors best in some sun. Flowers are very fragrant. 2002 Hosta of the Year.

Neutral jody On Jul 28, 2002, jody from MD &, VA (Zone 7b) wrote:

Flowers are white on 30"-40" scapes. Registered by Bob Solberg 1994. Sport of Fragrant Bouquet.

Positive Greenwood On May 6, 2002, Greenwood from Bonifay, FL (Zone 8a) wrote:

One of the easy to grow and a very pretty hosta


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

Meridianville, Alabama
Tuskegee, Alabama
Paradise, California
Bonifay, Florida
Ruskin, Florida
Atlanta, Georgia
Augusta, Georgia
Cordele, Georgia
Dacula, Georgia
Lawrenceville, Georgia
Marietta, Georgia
Chicago, Illinois
Machesney Park, Illinois
Nilwood, Illinois
Peoria, Illinois
Washington, Illinois
Elberfeld, Indiana
Elkhart, Iowa
Oskaloosa, Iowa
Sioux Center, Iowa
Tracy, Iowa
Topeka, Kansas
Wichita, Kansas
Durham, Maine
Dracut, Massachusetts
Marlborough, Massachusetts
Plainwell, Michigan
Royal Oak, Michigan
Minneapolis, Minnesota (2 reports)
New Ulm, Minnesota
Stewart, Minnesota
Jackson, Mississippi
Cape May Court House, New Jersey
Greene, New York
Pittsford, New York
Southold, New York
Woodstock, New York
Black Mountain, North Carolina
Elkin, North Carolina
Winston Salem, North Carolina
Belfield, North Dakota
Fargo, North Dakota
Medora, North Dakota
Coshocton, Ohio
Fremont, Ohio
Glouster, Ohio
Orrville, Ohio
Orangeville, Ontario
Mount Hood Parkdale, Oregon
Portland, Oregon
Salem, Oregon
Coopersburg, Pennsylvania
Mercer, Pennsylvania
Norristown, Pennsylvania
Lincoln, Rhode Island
Newport, Rhode Island
North Augusta, South Carolina
Aberdeen, South Dakota
Christiana, Tennessee
Austin, Texas
Flower Mound, Texas
Garland, Texas
Houston, Texas
San Antonio, Texas
Lexington, Virginia
Linden, Virginia
Norfolk, Virginia
Richmond, Virginia
Camas, Washington
Kalama, Washington
Huntington, West Virginia
Dallas, Wisconsin
Eau Claire, Wisconsin
Franklin, Wisconsin
Madison, Wisconsin
Marion, Wisconsin
Oconomowoc, Wisconsin

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