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Hosta 'Big Daddy'


Family: Liliaceae (lil-ee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Hosta (HOSS-tuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Big Daddy
Hybridized by Shaw-Aden
Registered or introduced: 1976
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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)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

Sun Exposure:

Partial to Full Shade

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:


Seed Collecting:

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

Growing Habit:


Growth Rate:


Leaf Shape:

Broadly Ovate

Leaf Appearance:



Degree to which the appearance is present:


Leaf Texture (top):

Glaucous Bloom

Leaf Texture (bottom):

Glaucous Bloom

Leaf Substance:

4 (Above Average)

Leaf Color:

Medium Blue-Green

Color of Leaf Margin:

No margin

Number of Vein Pairs:

16 to 18

Appearance of Margin:

Unknown - Tell us

Margin Width:

No margin

Bloom Time:


Flower Shape:


Flower Fragrance:

No fragrance

Does it set seed?:

Yes; seed is viable

Bloom Color:

Near White

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


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


Paradise, California

Broomfield, Colorado

Old Lyme, Connecticut

Bonifay, Florida

Canton, Georgia

Lawrenceville, Georgia (2 reports)

Marietta, Georgia

Nilwood, Illinois

Bloomfield, Iowa

Slidell, Louisiana

Hingham, Massachusetts

East Lansing, Michigan

Royal Oak, Michigan (2 reports)

Traverse City, Michigan

Lake City, Minnesota

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Saint Louis, Missouri (2 reports)

Warsaw, Missouri

Sewell, New Jersey

Buffalo, New York

Greene, New York

Phoenicia, New York

Mebane, North Carolina

Pittsboro, North Carolina

Raleigh, North Carolina

Medora, North Dakota

Springboro, Ohio

Walterville, Oregon

Butler, Pennsylvania

Mercer, Pennsylvania

Norristown, Pennsylvania

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (2 reports)

Hope Valley, Rhode Island

Hendersonville, Tennessee

Lexington, Virginia

Manassas, Virginia

Kalama, Washington

Woodinville, Washington

Eau Claire, Wisconsin

Marion, Wisconsin

New Richmond, Wisconsin

Prairie Du Sac, Wisconsin

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jun 9, 2012, darylmitchell from Saskatoon, SK (Zone 3a) wrote:

Nice blue colour, but very slow to grow - did not grow much during the first year planted it. In the spring it showed no signs of life when other perennials emerged. I thought it had died, so I bought a "Blue Angel" to replace it. When digging, much to my surprise, the Big Daddy was still alive and just then sending up shoots. I carefully dug it out and replanted it under a crabapple tree. We'll see if it survives.


On Apr 23, 2011, NoRoom4aYard from Butler
United States wrote:

I grew hosta under a pine tree and lost 3 varieties. I would suggest watering at least once a week, it gets pretty dry under pine trees!


On Jul 7, 2010, LD2 from Minneapolis, MN wrote:

Must be neutral on Big Daddy for now. I just received it from my son who had it in 2 hours of afternoon sun everyday. It did not like it at all. The leaves started burning and did now grow much at all. I am now planting it where it will get very little sun, if much of any and see if I can get it to grow. When the say partial shade to full shade, they mean mostly shade to full shade. It is a beautiful blue green (or was until sun got to hot). The sun took almost all the blue out and burned the leaves

Am really anxious to see how it does under the pine trees.


On Apr 8, 2010, katie59 from Woodinville, WA (Zone 8b) wrote:

I'm amazed at how quickly this plant has grown for me - I could hardly get it out of the pot fast enough. I have very big slugs here in the Pacific Northwest and they are voracious about eating hostas. But, for some reason, this seems to escape relatively unscathed. I'm looking forward to dividing this and putting it in several places in the garden.


On Apr 15, 2009, mountaindog from Phoenicia, NY (Zone 5a) wrote:

These took a year or two before they really took off and grew big and impressive. Planted in mass with sweet woodruff and other contrasting hostas in a woodland setting, they look fabulous.


On Jan 4, 2005, lmelling from Ithaca, NY (Zone 5b) wrote:

Large, impressive, slug-resistant with blue-green foliage. Leaves are 15" long by 10.5" wide; rich, blue-green color changing to deep green by late summer. Thick top and underside bloom; blade broadly ovate with deeply lobed bases; often cupped with intense corregation and a thick substance.

Flowers mid-June into July are near-white in dense clusters on 24" to 32" scapes.


On Sep 1, 2002, jody from MD &, VA (Zone 7b) wrote:

Flower scapes 24"-32". P. Aden 1978.


On Aug 19, 2002, Greenwood from Bonifay, FL (Zone 8a) wrote:

Mound of slug resistant blue green foliage, a slow grower for me.