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PlantFiles: Hosta
Hosta 'Honeybells'

Family: Liliaceae (lil-ee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Hosta (HOSS-tuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Honeybells

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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:
Flowers are fragrant
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

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

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8 positives
4 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

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

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

Positive gardenlady123 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.

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

a.k.a. Hosta plantaginea 'Honeybells'

Positive Jennie_in_MT 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.

Positive TBGDN 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.

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

A great hosta for sunny locations where others would scorch.

Positive violabird 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.

Neutral jody 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.

Positive lmelling 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!

Positive CaptMicha 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.

Positive smiln32 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.

Neutral Greenwood 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
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
Kalama, Washington
Fond Du Lac, Wisconsin
Madison, Wisconsin

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