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PlantFiles: Hosta
Hosta 'Loyalist'

Family: Liliaceae (lil-ee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Hosta (HOSS-tuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Loyalist
Hybridized by G. Van Eijk-Bos, C. Falstad; Year of Registration or Introduction: 1998

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16 members have or want this plant for trade.

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

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)
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:
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):
Slightly Shiny

Leaf Substance:
2 (Good)

Leaf Color:
Dark Green
Greenish-yellow (Chartreuse)
Pure White

Color of Leaf Margin:
Dark Green

Number of Vein Pairs:
Fewer than 9

Appearance of Margin:
Slightly Rippled

Margin Width:
1/64" - 1/32"
1/32" - 1/16"
1/16" - 1/8"
1/8" - 1/4"
1/4" - 1/2"
1/2" - 1"
1" - 1 1/2"

Bloom Time:

Flower Shape:

Flower Fragrance:
No fragrance

Does it set seed?:
Yes; seed is viable

Bloom Color:
Near White
Medium Lavender

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1 positive
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive LiquidFeet On Jul 9, 2012, LiquidFeet from Wenham, MA wrote:

This is a stunningly colored hosta that I bought three seasons ago. The center is an icy cold white and the margin is dark green. The edge between the two colors is sharp. None of my other hostas has such a dramatic contrast between its center and margin. My little plant has grown slowly and still is somewhat small. Perhaps it will take off next year.

Last fall it bloomed and set seed, which I collected and germinated this spring. Every one of the seedlings came up yellow and I was thrilled- lots of yellow hostas for free!! But they have all turned totally white and without any green in them they are all shrivelling up and dying. It looks like I got totally white hostas from these seeds, but they are not going to survive.

Neutral lmelling On Jan 8, 2005, lmelling from Ithaca, NY (Zone 5b) wrote:

Sport of 'Patriot' but with reverse variegation and heavier substance. The leaf margin is deep green and the leaf center is nearly pure white and not prone to melting out. Lavender flowers on creamy white scapes. Van Eijk-Bos/Falstad 1998


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

Springdale, Arkansas
Marietta, Georgia
Machesney Park, Illinois
Peoria, Illinois
Elberfeld, Indiana
Wenham, Massachusetts
Royal Oak, Michigan (2 reports)
Scottville, Michigan
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Litchfield, New Hampshire
Cape May Court House, New Jersey
Pittsboro, North Carolina
Belfield, North Dakota
Akron, Ohio
Coshocton, Ohio
Glouster, Ohio
North Augusta, South Carolina
Lexington, Virginia
Portsmouth, Virginia
Eau Claire, Wisconsin
Marion, Wisconsin
Mequon, Wisconsin

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