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Hosta 'Carnival'


Family: Liliaceae (lil-ee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Hosta (HOSS-tuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Carnival
Hybridized by Lachman
Registered or introduced: 1986
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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 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:

Unknown - Tell us

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):

Unknown - Tell us

Leaf Substance:

3 (Average)

Leaf Color:

Medium Green

Dark Green

Color of Leaf Margin:

Pale Yellow

Number of Vein Pairs:

12 to 15

Appearance of Margin:

Unknown - Tell us

Margin Width:

1" - 1 1/2"

Bloom Time:


Flower Shape:

Unknown - Tell us

Flower Fragrance:

No fragrance

Does it set seed?:

Yes; seed is viable

Bloom Color:

Medium 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:

Montgomery, Alabama

Lawrenceville, Georgia

Caseyville, Illinois

Peoria, Illinois

Marcellus, Michigan

Underwood, Minnesota

Pittsboro, North Carolina

Glouster, Ohio

Mercer, Pennsylvania

Norristown, Pennsylvania

Lexington, Virginia

Owen, Wisconsin

Prairie Du Sac, Wisconsin

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jun 12, 2005, tcfromky from Mercer, PA (Zone 5a) wrote:

Grows well here in my zone 5 garden.


On Oct 4, 2004, smiln32 from Oklahoma City, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

When I lived in Alabama, I bought this hosta, but it never did very well for me. I think it didn't like the hot/humid climate. I believe it would do much better planted in a northern location (like Indiana or Ohio).


On Jul 29, 2002, jody from MD &, VA (Zone 7b) wrote:

Flowers are lavender on 26"-30" scapes.