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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
Cayuga Heights, New York
Fearrington, North Carolina
Montrose-ghent, Ohio
Briaroaks, Texas
Stephens City, Virginia
Kalama, Washington

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