Hosta
Hosta 'Big John'

Family: Liliaceae (lil-ee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Hosta (HOSS-tuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Big John
Hybridized by Owens
Registered or introduced: 1986
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Plant Size (check one):

Giant (leaf >144 square inches; plant >28 tall)

Spacing:

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

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

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

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

Leaf Shape:

Broadly Ovate

Leaf Appearance:

Wavy

Corrugated

Degree to which the appearance is present:

Moderately

Leaf Texture (top):

Slightly Shiny

Leaf Texture (bottom):

Glaucous Bloom

Leaf Substance:

2 (Good)

Leaf Color:

Dark Green

Color of Leaf Margin:

No margin

Number of Vein Pairs:

more than 18

Appearance of Margin:

Slightly Rippled

Margin Width:

No margin

Bloom Time:

Unknown - Tell us

Flower Shape:

Bell

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

Regional

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

Pittsboro, North Carolina

Belfield, North Dakota

Medora, North Dakota

Gardeners' Notes:

1
positive
2
neutrals
0
negatives
RatingContent
Positive

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

Record breaking leaf of 21" by 16-3/8" was measured in 1988 in Clarence Owens' original clump during the AHS national convention.

Average leaf size is 17" long by 13" wide; bluish green color changing to medium green to dark green by early summer. Broadly oblong-ovate, wavy and downwardly puckered with a rippled margin. Moderate corregation, good substance. Flowers late June into mid July with near-white flowers with pale lavendar mid-petal stripe. Scapes 31" - 35" high.

Best grown as a "focal point" of a shaded garden because of it's tremendous size 32" high by 72" wide.

Neutral

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

Flower scapes 31"-35". Hybridizer Clarence Owens, 1986 Eunice Fisher Award.

Neutral

On Aug 19, 2002, Greenwood from Bonifay, FL (Zone 8a) wrote:

Has largest leaves of any hosta with a massive mound