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PlantFiles: Hosta
Hosta ventricosa 'Aureomarginata'

Family: Liliaceae (lil-ee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Hosta (HOSS-tuh) (Info)
Species: ventricosa (ven-tre-KO-suh) (Info)
Cultivar: Aureomarginata

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

24-36 in. (60-90 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)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

Sun Exposure:
Light Shade
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:

Leaf Appearance:

Degree to which the appearance is present:

Leaf Texture (top):
Slightly Shiny

Leaf Texture (bottom):
Glaucous Bloom

Leaf Substance:
3 (Average)

Leaf Color:
Dark Green

Color of Leaf Margin:
Golden Yellow

Number of Vein Pairs:
9 to 11

Appearance of Margin:
Slightly Rippled

Margin Width:
1/8" - 1/4"
1/4" - 1/2"

Bloom Time:

Flower Shape:

Flower Fragrance:
Unknown - Tell us

Does it set seed?:
Yes; seed is viable

Bloom Color:
Unknown - Tell us

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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive lmelling On Apr 21, 2005, lmelling from Ithaca, NY (Zone 5b) wrote:

Becomes a medium-large mound ov variable, white-margined foliage with purple striped, bell shaped flowers in mid to late July.

Considered a hosta "classic" and is highly respected for not only its strikingly variegated foliage, but by doing well under a variety of conditions. The origin is a bit confused and has been attributed to both Alan Bloom of Bressingham Gardens, England and also Karel Hensen of the Netherlands. It is known under a variety of names as well including H. ventricosa aureo-variegata, H. ventricosa variegata, and H ventriosa 'Variegated'.

Leaves are about 8.5" long by 7" wide, broadly ovate with a heart-shaped base and long, twisted tip. It has average substance and 8-10 vein pairs. The top and undersides are shiny. Margins vary in depth from 1" to 2.5" and changes from a chartreuse yellow to creamy white by mid-June. The center remains a mid to dark green. Many seed pods form but no information is given as to the viability.

Positive Greenwood On May 17, 2002, Greenwood from Bonifay, FL (Zone 8a) wrote:

This plant has a good growth rate and better than average sun tolerance.


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

Forest Knolls, California
Bonifay, Florida
Marietta, Georgia
Woodstock, Georgia
Cherry Valley, Illinois
Easton, Maryland
Dearborn Heights, Michigan
Royal Oak, Michigan
Ithaca, New York
Pittsboro, North Carolina
Akron, Ohio
Burleson, Texas
Stephens City, Virginia
Kalama, Washington

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