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PlantFiles: Hosta
Hosta 'Summer Music'

Family: Liliaceae (lil-ee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Hosta (HOSS-tuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Summer Music
Hybridized by Klehm; Year of Registration or Introduction: 1998

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

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

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

Growing Habit:

Growth Rate:

Leaf Shape:
Broadly Ovate

Leaf Appearance:

Degree to which the appearance is present:

Leaf Texture (top):
Slightly Shiny

Leaf Texture (bottom):
Slightly Shiny

Leaf Substance:
3 (Average)

Leaf Color:
Creamy White

Color of Leaf Margin:
Medium Green

Number of Vein Pairs:
9 to 11

Appearance of Margin:
Flat/Nearly Flat

Margin Width:
1" - 1 1/2"

Bloom Time:

Flower Shape:

Flower Fragrance:
No fragrance

Does it set seed?:
Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:
Pale Lavender

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2 positives
4 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive ChrisZ5 On Jul 2, 2011, ChrisZ5 from Tracy, IA (Zone 5a) wrote:

Planted this hosta 5 years ago. It was a fairly small pot when I planted it and now it is easily 4 foot across and about 24 inches tall . It tolerates some direct sun (about 5-6hrs day). I have never had any problem with slugs. It is a bright spot in the garden.

Neutral Marlina On Aug 11, 2009, Marlina from Blaine, MN (Zone 4b) wrote:

Love the color of this Hosta and this is just my second year so the only comment I can make is it is liked by slugs more so than the rest of my Hosta .

Neutral ViolaAnn On Aug 6, 2007, ViolaAnn from Ottawa, ON (Zone 5a) wrote:

Have had it since summer 2005 and find its growth rate VERY slow. May move it to a location with more light once I complete a new garden. I don't feel the slugs bother it overly badly in my garden. (Maybe there are others they like better).

Positive gregr18 On Jun 17, 2006, gregr18 from Bridgewater, MA (Zone 6b) wrote:

This is a beautiful hosta, one of my favorites. It is also one of the most difficult hostas I know of to take care of because slugs will not leave it alone. After every rain, I need to go out and put down slug baits and diatomaceous earth, otherwise its thin leaves get shredded by ravenous slugs.

Neutral smiln32 On Apr 17, 2004, smiln32 from Oklahoma City, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

Klehm 1998 - H. 'Shademaster' sport.

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

Flowers are pale lavender on 24" scapes.


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

Lawrenceville, Georgia
Tracy, Iowa
Bridgewater, Massachusetts
Minneapolis, Minnesota
New Ulm, Minnesota
Pittsboro, North Carolina
Belfield, North Dakota
Glouster, Ohio
Lexington, Virginia
Marion, Wisconsin

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