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PlantFiles: Hosta
Hosta 'Invincible'

Family: Liliaceae (lil-ee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Hosta (HOSS-tuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Invincible
Hybridized by P. Aden; Year of Registration or Introduction: 1986

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10 members have or want this plant for trade.

Plant Size (check one):
Medium (leaf 25-81 square inches; plant 10-18 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)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

Sun Exposure:
Light Shade
Partial to Full Shade

Other details:
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):
Very Shiny

Leaf Texture (bottom):
Unknown - Tell us

Leaf Substance:
2 (Good)

Leaf Color:
Medium Green

Color of Leaf Margin:
No margin

Number of Vein Pairs:
9 to 11

Appearance of Margin:
Heavily Rippled

Margin Width:
No margin

Bloom Time:

Flower Shape:

Flower Fragrance:
Very Fragrant

Does it set seed?:
Yes; seed is viable

Bloom Color:
Pure White

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5 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive anelson On Sep 19, 2014, anelson from Birchwood, WI (Zone 3b) wrote:

Because of it's very shiny leaf, ruffled edge, and slightly lighter green color, it adds a bit of variety to my shade garden. I have it growing where it does get some afternoon sun which doesn't seem to bother it in the least - in fact, when it was in quite a bit of shade it did not do as well for me - maybe that has to do with my zone (3b).

Positive holly_grower On Aug 25, 2014, holly_grower from Bear, DE wrote:

Very fragrant and tolerant of more sun than most newer hostas. Resembles the old-fashioned August lily (Hosta plantaginea) but with darker leaves. Appears to be quite slug-resistant as well.

Positive Malus2006 On May 27, 2008, Malus2006 from Coon Rapids, MN (Zone 4a) wrote:

This cultivar appear to be a hybrid including the fragrant hosta which are fussy about its location, and another hosta, giving rise to a cutivar that is more vigorous than its fragrant parent. It is a very tough plant that will multiply at a good pace. I have a few plants, will divide them soon.

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

Beautiful and glossy green, this hosta has performed well for me in my northern garden.

Positive braun06 On May 2, 2007, braun06 from Peoria Heights, IL (Zone 5b) wrote:

This is a nice, low growing hosta with shiny bright green leaves. The flowers are very fragrant as well. The smell reminds of gardenia or even a tropical flower. They do well in full sun here in Central Illinois which is a zone 5A according to the USDA hardiness zone charts, 5B/6A according to the arbor day foundation charts. In full sun we do have some scalding but it does recover well and it receives no extra irrigation to stay alive. *HOSTA HVX VIRUS* The plants have been in my yard in several mass plantings since 2004. For the three years ive had them i noticed one plant always looked like the color was spotty along the veins of the leaf. I suspected it was something for the longest time but from everyone i talked with, Hostas suffered few problems. I discovered finally that it had the HVX virus. Its leaves have touched other Invincibles nearby for the whole time it was planted there but no appearances of the disease showed on the others. I have removed the one and will keep a constant watch on the others. That does seem to show that even though Invincible can catch the virus, it isnt that susceptible to it. Now the trick comes in replacing the one I dug out. It may be a while before I purchase new Hosta, until the nursery trade figures out good solutions to halt the distribution of the disease and tests thier material.

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

Flower scapes 30". Aden 1986.


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

Mentone, Alabama
Oxford, Connecticut
Bear, Delaware
Marietta, Georgia
Hanna City, Illinois
Machesney Park, Illinois
Slidell, Louisiana
Plainwell, Michigan
Royal Oak, Michigan
Minneapolis, Minnesota
New Ulm, Minnesota
Rochester, Minnesota
Lothair, Montana
Pittsboro, North Carolina
Coshocton, Ohio
Coopersburg, Pennsylvania
Mercer, Pennsylvania
Campobello, South Carolina
Birchwood, Wisconsin

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