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Hosta 'Queen Josephine'


Family: Liliaceae (lil-ee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Hosta (HOSS-tuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Queen Josephine
Hybridized by Kuk
Registered or introduced: 1991
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Plant Size (check one):

Small (leaf 6.0-25 square inches; plant 6-10 tall)


24-36 in. (60-90 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:

Light Shade

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

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

Color of Leaf Margin:

Creamy White

Number of Vein Pairs:

9 to 11

Appearance of Margin:

Slightly Rippled

Margin Width:

1/8" - 1/4"

Bloom Time:


Flower Shape:


Flower Fragrance:

No fragrance

Does it set seed?:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Pale Purple

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


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

Montgomery, Alabama

Bay, Arkansas

Oxford, Connecticut

Bonifay, Florida

Lawrenceville, Georgia

Marietta, Georgia

Machesney Park, Illinois

Washington, Illinois

Elberfeld, Indiana

Slidell, Louisiana (2 reports)

Swampscott, Massachusetts

Plainwell, Michigan

Royal Oak, Michigan

Ranier, Minnesota

Rochester, Minnesota

Florence, Mississippi

Cape May Court House, New Jersey

Brooklyn, New York

Pittsboro, North Carolina

Medora, North Dakota

Cincinnati, Ohio

Coshocton, Ohio

Glouster, Ohio

Salem, Oregon

Norristown, Pennsylvania

North Augusta, South Carolina

Christiana, Tennessee

Carrollton, Texas

Lexington, Virginia

Norfolk, Virginia

Marion, Wisconsin

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Gardeners' Notes:


On May 16, 2010, CarrolltonGardener from Carrollton, TX wrote:

I love this plant. I planted it 2 years ago in the spring. I planted it a bit low in the ground which I will remedy at the end of the growing season but it does very well in a mostly shady area with dappled sun in the afternoon. I water it maybe twice a week. I thought when it died back that first winter I wouldn't see it again but I was happily surprised when it came back the next spring and again this spring. I am going to try and divide it in the fall.


On Jul 6, 2004, smiln32 from Oklahoma City, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

B. Kuk/Kuk's Forest - 1991. Named as a tribute to Kuk's mother, Josephine.


On Aug 19, 2002, Greenwood from Bonifay, FL (Zone 8a) wrote:

Medium sized mound of creamy yellow margined folage 17" high.