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PlantFiles: Hosta
Hosta sieboldiana 'Elegans'

Family: Liliaceae (lil-ee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Hosta (HOSS-tuh) (Info)
Species: sieboldiana (see-bold-ee-AH-nuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Elegans
Hybridized by G. Ahrends/N. Hylander/AHS; Year of Registration or Introduction: 1987

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

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

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:
Light Shade

Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Patent Information:

Seed Collecting:
Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

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:
1 (Thick)

Leaf Color:
Intensely Blue-Green

Color of Leaf Margin:
No margin

Number of Vein Pairs:
16 to 18

Appearance of Margin:

Margin Width:
No margin

Bloom Time:

Flower Shape:

Flower Fragrance:
No fragrance

Does it set seed?:
Yes; seed is viable

Bloom Color:
Pure White

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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive joraines On Jul 20, 2014, joraines from Inman, SC wrote:

This Hosta was not happy in a partially sunny location so I moved it to a shadier section of our pond in consistently moist soil. It has been very happy there and has grown to at least three feet wide in about four years. I have read that the blue hosta's dislike our hot, humid summers but this one doesn't seem to suffer in those conditions. I love it.

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

Verry strong grower with thickly substanced leaves,not prone to slug damage,give this one lots of room.

Positive MeNaTree On Mar 15, 2008, MeNaTree from Chelsea, AL (Zone 7b) wrote:

This is the first hosta I've ever tried to grow. It's a beautiful blue-green plant with tall spikes of 12 to 15 blooms. The flowers are gorgeous, also.

Positive Jax4ever On Oct 28, 2006, Jax4ever from Boxford, MA (Zone 6a) wrote:

Old standard for a very good reason! Mine live under a pine tree where nothing but mushrooms will grow. It defies the occasional munching of the deer by putting forth even more vigorous growth, and it laughs at slugs.

Positive lmelling On Jan 1, 2005, lmelling from Ithaca, NY (Zone 5b) wrote:

One of my first hostas. Large rounded, corregated, blue-gray leaves with white flowers in July. I have divded mine several times over the last 6 years and have several growing at various locations throughout my gardens. This one seems to show the best leaf color in partial to full shade. Will tolerate both very moist soil (full sun/partial shade), and dryer (loamy) soil in the shade with only partial dappled sunlight.

Very easy to grow. I've seen no problems with slugs, even in very wet years. This is a large hosta growing to 30"+ and 36" wide. For use in backgrounds, or as a specimen. Have had success with growing this in full sun (moist soil) in rocks above my pond.

Positive BingsBell On Sep 7, 2004, BingsBell from SC, MT (Zone 5a) wrote:

Beautiful large hosta that gets bigger each year in every way. One never misses it when looking at a garden from a distance.

Positive Rotella On Jul 27, 2003, Rotella wrote:

Very rapid grower. The leaf size dramatically increased in the second year after planting. Grows well in Toronto area.

Positive dejavu On Jul 2, 2003, dejavu from Rochester, NY wrote:

Gets bigger every year. A beautiful specimen in my shady area.

Positive sumi On May 17, 2002, sumi wrote:

Although it is an "old standard", under the proper conditions this is still one of the most beautiful hostas available. Can be found at most garden centers.

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

This hosta is easy to grow and is the standard by all blue-green hosta are judged. It has large mound of heavily corrugated blue-green foliage with near white flowers.


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

Chelsea, Alabama
Dothan, Alabama
Enterprise, Alabama
Jonesboro, Arkansas
Dublin, California
San Francisco, California
Clifton, Colorado
Hamden, Connecticut
West Haven, Connecticut
Washington, District Of Columbia
Bonifay, Florida
Alpharetta, Georgia
Augusta, Georgia
Lawrenceville, Georgia
Marietta, Georgia
Royston, Georgia
Nilwood, Illinois
Washington, Illinois
Woodridge, Illinois
Elberfeld, Indiana
Shawnee Mission, Kansas
Henderson, Kentucky
Slidell, Louisiana
Adamstown, Maryland
Hagerstown, Maryland
Boxford, Massachusetts
Hopkinton, Massachusetts
Lexington, Massachusetts
Rochdale, Massachusetts
Bellaire, Michigan
Dearborn Heights, Michigan
Plainwell, Michigan
Royal Oak, Michigan
Traverse City, Michigan
Minneapolis, Minnesota
New Ulm, Minnesota
Madison, Mississippi
Natchez, Mississippi
Moberly, Missouri
Billings, Montana
Cape May Court House, New Jersey
Alden, New York
Croton On Hudson, New York
Granville, New York
Greene, New York (2 reports)
Ithaca, New York
Rochester, New York
Wallkill, New York
Kernersville, North Carolina
Pittsboro, North Carolina
Raleigh, North Carolina
Wilmington, North Carolina
Medora, North Dakota
Cincinnati, Ohio
Glouster, Ohio
Portland, Oregon
Salem, Oregon
Norristown, Pennsylvania
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Pottstown, Pennsylvania
Newport, Rhode Island
Inman, South Carolina
Christiana, Tennessee
Rockwood, Tennessee
Toone, Tennessee
Colmesneil, Texas
Decatur, Texas
Hereford, Texas
Houston, Texas
Rowlett, Texas
Farmington, Utah
Big Stone Gap, Virginia
Leesburg, Virginia
Newport News, Virginia
Oakton, Virginia
Portsmouth, Virginia
Richlands, Virginia
Bainbridge Island, Washington
Kalama, Washington
Newport, Washington
Olympia, Washington
Charleston, West Virginia
Appleton, Wisconsin
Augusta, Wisconsin
Dodgeville, Wisconsin
Eau Claire, Wisconsin
Marion, Wisconsin
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Verona, Wisconsin

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