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Hosta 'Cherry Berry'

Family: Liliaceae (lil-ee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Hosta (HOSS-tuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Cherry Berry
Hybridized by Lachman; Year of Registration or Introduction: 1991

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Plant Size (check one):
Medium (leaf 25-81 square inches; plant 10-18 tall)

15-18 in. (38-45 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:
Sun to Partial 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):
Slightly Shiny

Leaf Substance:
3 (Average)

Leaf Color:
Creamy White

Color of Leaf Margin:
Medium Green

Number of Vein Pairs:
Fewer than 9

Appearance of Margin:
Flat/Nearly Flat

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

Bloom Time:

Flower Shape:

Flower Fragrance:
No fragrance

Does it set seed?:
Yes; seed is viable

Bloom Color:
Pale Purple

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3 positives
2 neutrals
1 negative

Gardeners' Notes:

Negative madebydave On Aug 27, 2013, madebydave from New Ulm, MN wrote:

I have well over 100 varieties of hosta. This is the only one that refuses to survive a Minnesota winter. I've tried it three times. It is a very attractive variety.

Positive CrowMeris On Sep 24, 2012, CrowMeris from Greene, NY wrote:

This is a very nice little hosta, on the small side but not a miniature, about 10" tall with a spread of 18" to 20" - a bit larger than "Cherish". The stems remain a vivid "cherry berry" red well into autumn, long after the blooms are gone, and are striking against the white leaf centers.
Mine gets about three hours of direct sunlight in the morning; it seems to be thriving in lightly amended slightly acidic rocky soil.

Update 22 June 2013

The slugs have fallen madly in love with this hosta this year after a long time of virtually ignoring it. The plant is thriving despite the damage, so I'm not changing my original rating of 'Positive', but I'm moving it this fall from its spot between "Captain Kirk" and "Lakeside Beach Captain" (both slug-resistant hostas) to an area where the damage can be shared with other thinner-leaved specimens.

Neutral igrozem On Sep 13, 2008, igrozem from Dublin, OH wrote:

Cherry Berry is a very pretty smaller growing hosta. It does not do well in too much shade or an area that is too wet. It prefers some sunlight and a drier soil in my experience. Slugs absolutely love this hosta so this is why I am somewhat neutral. Otherwise the beautiful red petioles and scapes contrast very nicely with the green and white variegation.

Positive lmelling On Jun 10, 2005, lmelling from Ithaca, NY (Zone 5b) wrote:

Small mound to 12" H x 28" wide with white-centered foliage with bright red flower scapes in July-August. Leaves grow to 6-1/2" long by 2-5/8" wide; center is yellow in spring, turning creamy white with 1/2" wide green margin. Top and underside of leaf is slightly shiny; elliptic blade shape; smooth texture with average substance and 6-7 vein pairs.

Light purple flowers with white petal margins in late July to late August.on bright red scapes add a wonderful dimension to this cultivar. Some seed pods develop, turning bright red; bracts on scape are white-centered like leaves.

Good growth rate in containers, slower in garden. It should be planted somewhere where it can receive some direct sunlight. Registered in 1991 by bill and Eleanor Lachman as a hybrid of two seedlings. 'Flamboyant', 'Beatrice', and 'Francis Williams' reported to be in the background of the two seedlings.

Neutral smiln32 On Jan 2, 2005, smiln32 from Oklahoma City, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

Mound is 12" high by 28" wide and grow to be very dense. Scapes are bright red. Very attractive hosta. Registered in 1991 by Bill and Eleanor Lachman.

Positive tjsangel003 On Jul 19, 2004, tjsangel003 from Warren, OH wrote:

I love this plant! One of my favorite hostas, next to the fragrant bouquet hosta. Mine is nice and rounded, still getting new flower stalks end of July, pretty lavendar flowers. Stalks rise high above foliage on dark red stems-nice addition and stands out in the garden. Easy to grow, med. size hosta.


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

Islamorada, Florida
Dacula, Georgia
Marietta, Georgia
Hidalgo, Illinois
Machesney Park, Illinois
Peoria, Illinois
Washington, Illinois
Greenfield, Indiana
Grand Rapids, Michigan
Royal Oak, Michigan
Traverse City, Michigan
Saint Louis, Missouri
Jamesburg, New Jersey
Greene, New York
Elizabeth City, North Carolina
Belfield, North Dakota
Cincinnati, Ohio
Dublin, Ohio
Glouster, Ohio
Warren, Ohio
Portland, Oregon
Freedom, Pennsylvania
Lexington, Virginia
Owen, Wisconsin

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