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PlantFiles: Hosta
Hosta 'Spilt Milk'

Family: Liliaceae (lil-ee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Hosta (HOSS-tuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Spilt Milk
Hybridized by Seaver; Year of Registration or Introduction: 1999

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Plant Size (check one):
Large (leaf 81-144 square inches; plant 18-28 tall)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

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:
Broadly Ovate

Leaf Appearance:

Degree to which the appearance is present:

Leaf Texture (top):
Glaucous Bloom

Leaf Texture (bottom):
Glaucous Bloom

Leaf Substance:
1 (Thick)

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

Color of Leaf Margin:
Medium Blue-Green

Number of Vein Pairs:
12 to 15

Appearance of Margin:
Slightly Rippled

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

Bloom Time:

Flower Shape:

Flower Fragrance:
No fragrance

Does it set seed?:
Yes; seed is viable

Bloom Color:
Near White

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3 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Gabrielle On Feb 28, 2012, Gabrielle from (Zone 5a) wrote:

A nice hosta, though a bit slower growing than some. Blooms in June in my garden.

Positive grannymarsh On Jun 19, 2008, grannymarsh from Marquette, MI (Zone 5a) wrote:

Leaves have good substance, it laughs at slugs. Decent growth, survives our c-o-l-d winters.

Positive Malus2006 On Feb 21, 2008, Malus2006 from Coon Rapids, MN (Zone 4a) wrote:

This is a highly variable hosta that have the unstable variegation (unstable variegation meant that no two leaves look the same) - the unique thing about this variegation is that it is much more narrower on the leaf than most (90%) of all variegated hostas - If the stripes are wider, then it is not a true Spilt Milk Hosta. It multiply slowly for me in woodland shade so it is more of a speciment hosta or a eye catch.

Neutral jody On Jul 28, 2002, jody from MD &, VA (Zone 7b) wrote:

Very distinct hosta, solid white streaks through the grean and white center. Flowers are near white on 28"-30" scapes.


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

Marietta, Georgia
Quincy, Illinois
Waukegan, Illinois
East Tawas, Michigan
Plainwell, Michigan
Royal Oak, Michigan
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Havre, Montana
Sewell, New Jersey
Pittsboro, North Carolina
Coshocton, Ohio
Glouster, Ohio
Orrville, Ohio
Salem, Oregon
Coopersburg, Pennsylvania
Norristown, Pennsylvania
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania
Lexington, Virginia
Vancouver, Washington
Eau Claire, Wisconsin
Marion, Wisconsin

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