Hosta 'Honeybells'


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

Large (leaf 81-144 square inches; plant 18-28 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)

Sun Exposure:

Light Shade

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:


Seed Collecting:

Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

Growing Habit:


Growth Rate:


Leaf Shape:


Leaf Appearance:


Degree to which the appearance is present:


Leaf Texture (top):

Slightly Shiny

Leaf Texture (bottom):

Very Shiny

Leaf Substance:

3 (Average)

Leaf Color:

Light Green

Medium Green

Color of Leaf Margin:

No margin

Number of Vein Pairs:

9 to 11

Appearance of Margin:

Slightly Rippled

Margin Width:

No margin

Bloom Time:


Flower Shape:


Flower Fragrance:

Very Fragrant

Does it set seed?:

Yes; seed is not viable

Bloom Color:

Medium Lavender

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Flowers are fragrant

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

Malvern, Arkansas

Bonifay, Florida

Barnesville, Georgia

Caseyville, Illinois

Washington, Illinois

Macy, Indiana

Topeka, Kansas

Wichita, Kansas

Brookeville, Maryland

Plainwell, Michigan

Minneapolis, Minnesota

New Ulm, Minnesota

Lothair, Montana

Freehold, New Jersey

Ithaca, New York

Belfield, North Dakota

Medora, North Dakota

Coshocton, Ohio

Glouster, Ohio

Albion, Pennsylvania

Coopersburg, Pennsylvania

Johnsonburg, Pennsylvania

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

North Augusta, South Carolina

Decatur, Texas

Haltom City, Texas

Rowlett, Texas

Arlington, Washington

Kalama, Washington

Fond Du Lac, Wisconsin

Madison, Wisconsin

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Aug 1, 2010, OKI_T from Tokyo
Japan wrote:

Hosta 'Honeybelles' (Breeder: Alex Cumming & American Hosta Society)
(Hosta plantaginea (Lam.) Asch., 1863 ? )


On Sep 13, 2008, gardenlady123 from Plainwell, MI (Zone 5b) wrote:

I've had honeybells for around 10 years now. They get more enormous every year. Have divided them several time so needless to say I have many honeybells now. But thats okay they are my faves. The flowers smell like sweet honey. They are a great "anchor" hosta.


On May 6, 2008, Gabrielle from (Zone 5a) wrote:

a.k.a. Hosta plantaginea 'Honeybells'


On Jul 10, 2007, Jennie_in_MT from Lothair, MT (Zone 4a) wrote:

I purchased several multiple eye divisions last fall. They have come back like gangbusters. Beautiful, glossy green foliage. I can't wait for the blooms.


On Oct 19, 2006, TBGDN from (Zone 5a) wrote:

A very easily grown hosta that seems to withstand extreme weather conditions, and even drought. It grows well here in shade, and blooms beautifully in late July to early August. The blooms are a light lavender shade of blue almost with a silvery shade on mature flowers. They are attractive to butterflies and bees.


On May 1, 2005, chenning3 from Pittsburgh, PA (Zone 6a) wrote:

A great hosta for sunny locations where others would scorch.


On Mar 2, 2005, violabird from Barnesville, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

One of my favorites, multiplies quickly to large handsome clump, withstands hot temperatures and humidity extremely well, practically drought resistant. The scent is wonderful, reminds me of honeysuckle.


On Jan 28, 2005, jody from MD &, VA (Zone 7b) wrote:

Leaf size: 10" long, 6.5" wide. Flower scapes 30". H. lancifolia xH. plantaginea, Cumming 1986.


On Oct 18, 2004, lmelling from Ithaca, NY (Zone 5b) wrote:

One of my favorite Hostas! Each plant becomes enomous with age, so it's a great idea to divide them if you have a mass planting like I do. I have them lining the front of my porch and front foundation (north side). The flowers are plentiful and enormous - a worthy plant for the entire season.

Leaves are wavy, light medium green; slightly shiny on top, very shiny on the bottom. Leaf blade puckers downward creating a very "drapy" effect. Flowers mid-August into September here in NY. Pale lavendar flowers explode on the tall scapes. About 40 flowers per scape. Fragrant. Absolutely stunning when grouped.

They do not seem to be picky as to how they're divided. In fact, the easiest way I've found is to take a large sharp knife and cut through the center o... read more


On Aug 23, 2004, CaptMicha from Brookeville, MD (Zone 7a) wrote:

Overall a very pretty hosta and easy to care for, PLUS the flowers are large, beautiful and smell like honey.


On Aug 6, 2002, smiln32 from Oklahoma City, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

A very beautiful hosta. Grows into a stunning clump with little or no maintenance needed. Doesn't seem to need much water to thrive either. Mine is in full shade and loves it.


On Jun 2, 2002, Greenwood from Bonifay, FL (Zone 8a) wrote:

This plant is distinctive in that the leaves broaden at maturity and pucker downward this is different than most other hosta. Also the scapes are much taller than most other fragrant flowered hosta. There are many scapes on a mature clump and many flowers per scape with 2-3 open per day at their peak.