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
Hardiness: 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: Non-patented
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
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.
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.
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:
, Washington D.c., Chelsea, Alabama Kinsey, Alabama Jonesboro, Arkansas Dublin, California San Francisco, California Clifton, Colorado Hamden, Connecticut West Haven, Connecticut Bonifay, Florida Alpharetta, Georgia Lawrenceville, Georgia Marietta, Georgia Martinez, Georgia Royston, Georgia Nilwood, Illinois Washington, Illinois Woodridge, Illinois Elberfeld, Indiana Mission Hills, Kansas Henderson, Kentucky Slidell, Louisiana Adamstown, Maryland Halfway, Maryland Boxford, Massachusetts Hopkinton, Massachusetts Lexington, Massachusetts Rochdale, Massachusetts Bellaire, Michigan Dearborn Heights, Michigan Royal Oak, Michigan Traverse City, Michigan Minneapolis, Minnesota Madison, Mississippi Natchez, Mississippi Moberly, Missouri Billings, Montana Cape May Court House, New Jersey Alden, New York Cayuga Heights, New York Croton-on-hudson, New York Granville, New York Greene, New York (2 reports) Rochester, New York Wallkill, New York Fearrington, North Carolina Kernersville, North Carolina Myrtle Grove, North Carolina Raleigh, North Carolina Medora, North Dakota Fruit Hill, Ohio Glouster, Ohio Portland, Oregon Salem, Oregon Churchill, Pennsylvania East Norriton, Pennsylvania Halfway House, Pennsylvania Newport, Rhode Island 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 Cross Lanes, West Virginia Appleton, Wisconsin Augusta, Wisconsin Dodgeville, Wisconsin Eau Claire, Wisconsin Marion, Wisconsin Shorewood, Wisconsin Verona, Wisconsin