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PlantFiles: Hosta
Hosta 'Pandora's Box'

Family: Liliaceae (lil-ee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Hosta (HOSS-tuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Pandora's Box
Hybridized by Hansen; Year of Registration or Introduction: 1996

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15 members have or want this plant for trade.

Plant Size (check one):
Miniature (leaf 2.0-6.0 square inches; plant 4-6 tall)

6-9 in. (15-22 cm)
9-12 in. (22-30 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:
5 (Thin)

Leaf Color:
Medium Green
Dark Green
Creamy White
Streaked with color marked above

Color of Leaf Margin:
Medium Green
Dark Green

Number of Vein Pairs:
Fewer than 9

Appearance of Margin:
Flat/Nearly Flat

Margin Width:
1/8" - 1/4"
1/4" - 1/2"

Bloom Time:

Flower Shape:

Flower Fragrance:
No fragrance

Does it set seed?:
Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:
Pale Lavender
Medium Lavender

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4 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Prunerman On Jul 6, 2012, Prunerman from Middleton, MA wrote:

Cutest little thing in my rock garden, BUT bugs are eating it up! I would like to transplant it to a better location in order to protect it and showcase it but I am afraid it won't survive. I'm waiting for it to get bigger and stronger.

Positive Malus2006 On Jan 27, 2008, Malus2006 from Coon Rapids, MN (Zone 4a) wrote:

This is a slow spreading variety in my minature woodland rock garden. It is very lovely and noticeable and work well with some other dwarf hosta species but you have to be careful as some cultivars are aggressive in their spreading habit. It only negative is it have a bad habit of sprouting green version of itself which tend to be more agressive.

Positive Gabrielle On Jan 26, 2006, Gabrielle from (Zone 5a) wrote:

This hosta is so adorable! It reminds me of baby bunny ears. You don't have to be a hosta lover to love this one.

Neutral smiln32 On Jan 8, 2005, smiln32 from Oklahoma City, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

On the AHS's list of most popular miniatures for 2003.

Positive bryanvac On May 18, 2003, bryanvac from Minneapolis, MN wrote:

Too cute for words! This tiny hosta is a must have. It produces a nice flower stock for it's size too. Just 8-10 inches across, the leave color still creates attention.


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

Dacula, Georgia
Lawrenceville, Georgia
Marietta, Georgia
Mount Prospect, Illinois
Peoria, Illinois
Washington, Illinois
Springville, Iowa
Silver Spring, Maryland
Middleton, Massachusetts
Royal Oak, Michigan
Minneapolis, Minnesota (3 reports)
Omaha, Nebraska
Cape May Court House, New Jersey
Sewell, New Jersey
Pittsboro, North Carolina
Bethel, Ohio
Cincinnati, Ohio
Coshocton, Ohio
Williamsburg, Ohio
Coopersburg, Pennsylvania
Norristown, Pennsylvania
Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania
Madison, Wisconsin
Marion, Wisconsin
Owen, Wisconsin

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