Hosta 'Gold Drop'


Family: Liliaceae (lil-ee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Hosta (HOSS-tuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Gold Drop
Hybridized by Anderson
Registered or introduced: 1977
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Plant Size (check one):

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

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:


Leaf Appearance:


Degree to which the appearance is present:


Leaf Texture (top):


Slightly Shiny

Leaf Texture (bottom):

Glaucous Bloom

Leaf Substance:

3 (Average)

Leaf Color:

Light Green

Medium Green

Greenish-yellow (Chartreuse)

Golden Yellow

Color of Leaf Margin:

No margin

Number of Vein Pairs:

9 to 11

Appearance of Margin:

Unknown - Tell us

Margin Width:

No margin

Bloom Time:


Flower Shape:


Flower Fragrance:

No fragrance

Does it set seed?:

Yes; seed is viable

Bloom Color:

Near White

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:

Oxford, Connecticut

Machesney Park, Illinois

Peoria, Illinois

Topeka, Kansas

Novi, Michigan

Plainwell, Michigan

Minneapolis, Minnesota

New Ulm, Minnesota

Belfield, North Dakota

Parkman, Ohio

Ravenna, Ohio

Elmore City, Oklahoma

Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jun 30, 2014, my_gardens_rock from Parkman, OH wrote:

'Gold Drop' is thriving here in Parkman, OH. Forms nice clumps, and had to be divided several times in the many years that I've had it. I agree - it makes a wonderful edger.


On Sep 6, 2010, kentstar from Ravenna, OH (Zone 5b) wrote:

Very, very slow grower for me. Gets eaten by slugs here. I'm giving it one more year to show it's stuff or it's outta here. There are too many other ones out there that will do better for me.


On Jan 2, 2005, smiln32 from Oklahoma City, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

Great edging plant or ground cover. One of the first hostas to be propagated by tissue culture in the late 1970's according to the Hosta Handbook.


On May 25, 2003, harhoo from Elmore City, OK wrote:

One of my favorites. It grows well in the fairly hostile environment of s. central OK...heat, cold, drought, hail, slugs, and grasshoppers. Mine has nice color, forms a neat little mound, is eaily divided, and has survived several moves from bed to bed.


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

Flower scapes 15"-21". Anderson 1977.