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PlantFiles: Hosta
Hosta 'Big Boy'

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Family: Liliaceae (lil-ee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Hosta (HOSS-tuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Big Boy
Hybridized by Simpers; Year of Registration or Introduction: 1980

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Plant Size (check one):
Giant (leaf >144 square inches; plant >28 tall)

Spacing:
36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

Hardiness:
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:
Light Shade
Partial to Full Shade
Full Shade

Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Patent Information:
Non-patented

Seed Collecting:
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

Growing Habit:
Mound-like

Growth Rate:
Medium
Fast

Leaf Shape:
Broadly Ovate

Leaf Appearance:
Corrugated

Degree to which the appearance is present:
Deeply

Leaf Texture (top):
Dull

Leaf Texture (bottom):
Dull

Leaf Substance:
2 (Good)

Leaf Color:
Light Green

Color of Leaf Margin:
No margin

Number of Vein Pairs:
more than 18

Appearance of Margin:
Unknown - Tell us

Margin Width:
No margin

Bloom Time:
Early/Mid

Flower Shape:
Bell

Flower Fragrance:
No fragrance

Does it set seed?:
Yes; seed is viable

Bloom Color:
Near White

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Profile:

1 positive
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

RatingAuthorContent
Positive jv123 On Mar 23, 2014, jv123 from Vancouver, WA (Zone 8b) wrote:

This hosta offsets rapidly, much quicker than any other variety I have. It is also the first one up out of the ground in the spring. The very large leaves and tall stature make this plant very architectural and impressive.

Neutral jody On Sep 5, 2002, jody from MD &, VA (Zone 7b) wrote:

Flower scapes to 42". Simpers 1980.

Regional...

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

Marietta, Georgia
Cascade, Maryland
Glouster, Ohio
Vancouver, Washington



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