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PlantFiles: Hosta
Hosta 'Sagae'

Family: Liliaceae (lil-ee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Hosta (HOSS-tuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Sagae
Hybridized by Watanabe; Year of Registration or Introduction: 1996

Synonym:Hosta fluctuans Variegata

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27 members have or want this plant for trade.

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Plant Size (check one):
Giant (leaf >144 square inches; plant >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:
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

Growing Habit:

Growth Rate:

Leaf Shape:

Leaf Appearance:

Degree to which the appearance is present:

Leaf Texture (top):
Slightly Shiny

Leaf Texture (bottom):
Glaucous Bloom

Leaf Substance:
1 (Thick)

Leaf Color:
Dark Green

Color of Leaf Margin:
Pale Yellow
Creamy White

Number of Vein Pairs:
12 to 15

Appearance of Margin:
Slightly Rippled

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

Bloom Time:

Flower Shape:

Flower Fragrance:
No fragrance

Does it set seed?:
Yes; seed is viable

Bloom Color:
Pale Lavender

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6 positives
3 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive coriaceous On Jun 1, 2014, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

One of my favorite hostas. Upright, vase-shaped, fast-growing, it quickly grows massive. The wavy leaf edge draws the eye.

Use this as a specimen. It makes a great garden focal point.

In my opinion, this is not a plant for massing, nor for placing among other variegated hostas. Place it where the superb form is well displayed, and where the eye can rest on it without distraction.

Positive a5footsea On Jul 15, 2012, a5footsea from North Vancouver, BC (Zone 7b) wrote:

This 6 year old, vase-shaped Hosta is the focal point in my shade garden. It is elegant at 46 inches high by 68 inches wide. Best investment I have made in a Hosta.

Neutral eclecticLC On Jun 22, 2009, eclecticLC from Oskaloosa, IA wrote:

Just received this hosta from my sister-in-law in the St Louis, MO area. Had no idea that it could get so huge. I may have to change my mind as to where I have it planted. Sounds like it should be a focal point.

Positive ifonly On Jul 29, 2008, ifonly from Brookfield, CT wrote:

Stunning, easy, hardy, the best!

Positive hostababy On Jul 26, 2008, hostababy from Canton, OH wrote:

This is one huge showy hosta! I have mine in lots of sun and it is enormous. It is slug resistant. Planted in heavy clay soil (not the best) and I don't water it often in the summer and it just thrives. Every hosta lover should have this one. Fast grower, mine is 3 years old and has over 75 leaves that are over a foot long. Beautiful sage green color with cream margins. I love the thick leaves and it's upright shape. Very cold hardy.
It's a real winner!

Positive GardenMyosis On Oct 25, 2006, GardenMyosis from Saint Louis, MO wrote:

In three years the plant grew from 3 stems to 25 stems. It is now 4 feet in diameter and 3-4 feet high. No slug problems. Erect vase shape mound. It is truly a gardent stopper!

Neutral lmelling On Jan 9, 2005, lmelling from Ithaca, NY (Zone 5b) wrote:

'Sagae' forms a large, semi-upright mound about 31" high by 70" wide (or slightly larger). Leaves average 13" long by 10.25" wide. The 1/4" to 3/4" margin changes from yellow to creamy yellow or creamy white during the growing season. In deep shade the margins will remain yellow but will turn creamy white with merely 2-3 hours of bright light per day while the center stays a dark green. There can be gray-green streaks at the junction of the margin and center; shiny top surface of leaves with a moderate underside bloom. The blade is ovate, almost triangular, with a deeply lobed base and five or more distinct waves per margin. Little or no corrugation and a thick substance with 13 vein pairs.

Pale lavendar flowers on 38" to 50" scapes appear in mid-July into August. Scapes are very thick and covered with a thick, grayish bloom, 48 flowers in the top 12" of each scape. Prolific seed pod formation.

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

Hosta of the Year - named by the American Hosta Growers' Association - 2000!

Positive jody On Aug 1, 2002, jody from MD &, VA (Zone 7b) wrote:

Makes vase shaped mound and a great focal point in the shade garden. Scapes are tall, 35"-50" and can flop though. Margin is lighter with more sun/brighter light.


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

Mentone, Alabama
Brookfield, Connecticut
Monroe, Connecticut
Norwich, Connecticut
Old Lyme, Connecticut
Westport, Connecticut
Augusta, Georgia
Lawrenceville, Georgia
Marietta, Georgia
Cherry Valley, Illinois
Itasca, Illinois
Machesney Park, Illinois
Naperville, Illinois
Rockford, Illinois
Washington, Illinois
Waukegan, Illinois
Elberfeld, Indiana
Granger, Indiana
Greenville, Indiana
Bloomfield, Iowa
Oskaloosa, Iowa
Tracy, Iowa
Shawnee Mission, Kansas
Gaithersburg, Maryland
Roslindale, Massachusetts
Hemlock, Michigan
Pinconning, Michigan
Plainwell, Michigan (2 reports)
Royal Oak, Michigan
Frazee, Minnesota
New Ulm, Minnesota
Stewart, Minnesota
Ballwin, Missouri
Mayview, Missouri
Saint Louis, Missouri
Imperial, Nebraska
Jamesburg, New Jersey
Piscataway, New Jersey
Greene, New York
Southold, New York
Pittsboro, North Carolina
Raleigh, North Carolina
Canton, Ohio
Glouster, Ohio
Tallmadge, Ohio
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Salem, Oregon
Lewisburg, Pennsylvania
Norristown, Pennsylvania
Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania
Summerville, South Carolina
Chantilly, Virginia
Lexington, Virginia
Newport News, Virginia
Norfolk, Virginia
Portsmouth, Virginia
Richmond, Virginia
Kalama, Washington
South Hill, Washington
Eau Claire, Wisconsin
Genoa City, Wisconsin
Oconomowoc, Wisconsin
Owen, Wisconsin

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