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)
Sun Exposure: Light Shade
Other details: Flowers are fragrant Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
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: Fast
Leaf Shape: Elliptic
Leaf Appearance: Wavy
Degree to which the appearance is present: Moderately
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.
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 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 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 of the plant, dig up half of the rootstock and transplant to the new location. It doesn't seem to matter when you do this - early spring - fall, as long as you give the new rootstock plenty of moisture to start out. Next year, you'll never know you divided the part left behind!
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.
This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:
Montgomery, Alabama Magnet Cove, Arkansas Bonifay, Florida Aldora, Georgia Caseyville, Illinois Washington, Illinois Macy, Indiana Topeka, Kansas Wichita, Kansas Brookeville, Maryland Plainwell, Michigan Golden Valley, Minnesota Lothair, Montana East Freehold, New Jersey Cayuga Heights, New York Belfield, North Dakota Medora, North Dakota Coshocton, Ohio Glouster, Ohio Albion, Pennsylvania Churchill, Pennsylvania Coopersburg, Pennsylvania Johnsonburg, Pennsylvania North Augusta, South Carolina Decatur, Texas Haltom City, Texas Rowlett, Texas Fond Du Lac, Wisconsin Madison, Wisconsin