Hosta 'August Moon'


Family: Liliaceae (lil-ee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Hosta (HOSS-tuh) (Info)
Cultivar: August Moon
Hybridized by Langfelder-Summers-Ruh
Registered or introduced: 1996
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Plant Size (check one):

Medium (leaf 25-81 square inches; plant 10-18 tall)

Large (leaf 81-144 square inches; plant 18-28 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)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

Sun Exposure:

Light Shade

Partial to Full Shade

Full 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):

Glaucous Bloom

Leaf Substance:

2 (Good)

Leaf Color:


Golden Yellow

Color of Leaf Margin:


Golden Yellow

Number of Vein Pairs:

9 to 11

Appearance of Margin:

Slightly Rippled

Margin Width:

No margin

Bloom Time:



Flower Shape:


Flower Fragrance:

No fragrance

Does it set seed?:

Yes; seed is viable

Bloom Color:

Pale Lavender

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:

Auburn, Alabama

Dothan, Alabama

Montgomery, Alabama

Juneau, Alaska

Paradise, California

Oxford, Connecticut

Lewes, Delaware

Brooksville, Florida

Dacula, Georgia

Marietta, Georgia

Nicholls, Georgia

Roswell, Georgia

Caseyville, Illinois

Nilwood, Illinois

Topeka, Kansas

Henderson, Kentucky

Sumner, Maine

Dracut, Massachusetts

Ann Arbor, Michigan

Dearborn Heights, Michigan

Grand Rapids, Michigan

Plainwell, Michigan

Royal Oak, Michigan

Scottville, Michigan

Traverse City, Michigan

Mankato, Minnesota

New Ulm, Minnesota

Madison, Mississippi

Lothair, Montana

Annandale, New Jersey

Greene, New York (2 reports)

Huntington, New York

Montauk, New York

Davidson, North Carolina

Pittsboro, North Carolina

Raleigh, North Carolina

Belfield, North Dakota

Medora, North Dakota

Mott, North Dakota

Cincinnati, Ohio

Coshocton, Ohio

Glouster, Ohio

Salem, Ohio

Portland, Oregon

Butler, Pennsylvania

Coopersburg, Pennsylvania

Freedom, Pennsylvania

Glenshaw, Pennsylvania

Norristown, Pennsylvania

North Augusta, South Carolina

Hendersonville, Tennessee

Toone, Tennessee

Kilgore, Texas

Lexington, Virginia

Linden, Virginia

Kalama, Washington

Spokane, Washington

Marion, Wisconsin

Oconomowoc, Wisconsin

Prairie Du Sac, Wisconsin

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jun 17, 2011, ogon from Paradise, CA (Zone 9a) wrote:

A very pretty chartreaus hosta with a rounded leaves and a nice, tight form. It handles sun very well. In my garden it receives the hot California sunshine from mid-day until evening and never burns.The leaves are thinner than some and the slugs seam to enjoy eating this cultivar more than my others, and this is the first hosta to disappear for me when winter comes. I still love it though!


On Jun 10, 2008, LI_BugGuy from Huntington, NY wrote:

You're missing something if you haven't tried growing this Hosta in sun. Mine is exposed to mid day sun, which fades some of the leaf to a golden tone, while the recessed corrugations remain chartreuse. The bi-color effect is quite nice.
-ArtP, LI NY


On Feb 7, 2007, Bellisgirl from Spokane, WA wrote:

Ive had my August Moon Hosta for about four years. I bought it as a boxed bareroot plant. It didnt do much the first few years; last year it really came out though. Its a beautiful golden yellow that is almost neon colored. Brightens up any shade garden. Slugs really love it, so I have to put down pellets often.


On Jun 8, 2006, briannacorn from Sumner, ME wrote:

I like this plant ,it sits underneath a big blue spruce with full southern exposure. I do not water every day and it maintains color and form beautifully. I have not had any problems with pests and the color contrasts nicely with the blue spruce,added benefit its scale balances well with the spruce.


On Jan 4, 2005, lmelling from Ithaca, NY (Zone 5b) wrote:

Considered a hosta "classic." Creates a medium-large mound of broad, golden foliage, 20" high by 42" wide. Leaves are broadly oblong-ovate in shape and about 9.5" long by 8" wide, medium to bright gold color, brighter with direct sunlight. There is a slight blom on the underside.

'August Moon' is one of the oldest hosta cultivars and still remains highly rated. It is notable for its bright gold color, corrugation, and good substance. Flowers appear mid July - mid August and are pale lavendar in color with an open funnel shape.


On Jun 30, 2004, jhyshark from Scottville, MI (Zone 4b) wrote:

It practically glows from a shady spot. Can burn in too much sun.


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

Flower scapes 19"-27".


On Aug 7, 2002, smiln32 from Oklahoma City, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

Bugs like it, but so do I. :) Grows well and likes filtered sun.