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PlantFiles: Hosta
Hosta ventricosa

Family: Liliaceae (lil-ee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Hosta (HOSS-tuh) (Info)
Species: ventricosa (ven-tre-KO-suh) (Info)

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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 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:
Partial to Full Shade

Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Seed Collecting:
Collect seedhead/pod when flowers fade; allow to dry

Growing Habit:

Growth Rate:

Leaf Shape:

Leaf Appearance:

Degree to which the appearance is present:

Leaf Texture (top):
Very Shiny

Leaf Texture (bottom):

Leaf Substance:
2 (Good)

Leaf Color:
Dark Green

Color of Leaf Margin:
Dark Green

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 Purple

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6 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive karate626 On May 9, 2011, karate626 from Laurel, MD wrote:

I love this Hosta! It grows in my moist-dry shade-full sun (many locations in my yard) awesomely! It seeds like a weed which I love and I think the leafs, flowers, and the seed pods when green look really unique and add many levels of interest. I also have plants to give to friends and plant as a border or across the street to provide some interest. I would definitely recommended this plant to other people.

Positive bkelly66 On Apr 2, 2005, bkelly66 from Aberdeen, MS (Zone 8a) wrote:

Hosta ventricosa seems to have the unique feature of always coming true from seeds. It freely reseeds and the plants are just like mama.
It takes several years for the plants to mature, but they make a real fine speciman plant. H. Elegans also freely comes up from seeds, but with lots of variation.

Positive SueP64 On Aug 6, 2003, SueP64 from Centerbrook, CT wrote:

I have hundreds growing all around the property. They came with the house that was built in 1780. H Ventricosa is very tolerant of a range of conditions; dry, wet, sand, clay, even more tolerant of direct sun than many other hostas. Can tolerate 4-6 hours with ample water. I've had them growing in barely 1/2" of soil on stone walls. This plant pretty much care for itself. Self sows readily.

Positive Greenknee On Mar 26, 2003, Greenknee from Chantilly, VA (Zone 6b) wrote:

I also have hundreds of them- this is a unique hosta, according to Grenfell - It sets seeds without fertilization by a process known as "pseudogamous apomixis" - thus many volunteers unless flower stalks are removed after blooming. It also blooms lavishly, medium lavender trumpets on tall, naked scapes. I often deadhead most, just save a few hundred seed pods in out of the way areas. My original clump was rescued from an old homesite, historic home was moved to make way for development. Mine need dividing every three years - have 30-45 eyes by then.

Positive ward On Aug 20, 2002, ward wrote:

Very sturdy and dependable, requires very little care. I have hundreds of them in deep shade and they survive the summer heat and drought without extra watering.

Positive smiln32 On Aug 1, 2002, smiln32 from Oklahoma City, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

Gorgeous dark green leaves...especially when grown in a mass planting or ringing a tree. Does not grow quickly, though.


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

Anniston, Alabama
Centerbrook, Connecticut
Gales Ferry, Connecticut
Norwich, Connecticut
Old Lyme, Connecticut
Ocean View, Delaware
Nilwood, Illinois
Brookeville, Maryland
Cumberland, Maryland
Laurel, Maryland
Aberdeen, Mississippi
Piedmont, Missouri
Cape May Court House, New Jersey
Cicero, New York
Pittsboro, North Carolina
Belfield, North Dakota
Medora, North Dakota
Pocahontas, Tennessee
Toone, Tennessee
Porterfield, Wisconsin

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