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Hosta 'Leather Sheen'


Family: Liliaceae (lil-ee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Hosta (HOSS-tuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Leather Sheen
Hybridized by Lohman
Registered or introduced: 1988
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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 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):

Very Shiny

Leaf Texture (bottom):

Unknown - Tell us

Leaf Substance:

2 (Good)

Leaf Color:

Dark Green

Color of Leaf Margin:

No margin

Number of Vein Pairs:

9 to 11

Appearance of Margin:

Flat/Nearly Flat

Margin Width:

No margin

Bloom Time:


Flower Shape:


Flower Fragrance:

No fragrance

Does it set seed?:

Seed is rarely viable

Bloom Color:

Pale Purple

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:

Bonifay, Florida

Machesney Park, Illinois

Topeka, Kansas

Cape May Court House, New Jersey

Schenectady, New York

Syracuse, New York

Pittsboro, North Carolina

Belfield, North Dakota

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Gardeners' Notes:


On May 23, 2009, claudiago from Schenectady, NY wrote:

I have to disagree with the other comments. I've had this hosta for many years and it's habit is to remain small and compact with somewhat folded upwards leaves. It is now quite full and a beautiful small mound.


On Jan 9, 2005, lmelling from Ithaca, NY (Zone 5b) wrote:

Originated in 1985 from a cross between 'Sum and Substance' and a Hosta venusta seedling by Mark Zilis / Doug Lohman (1988r). Siblings to 'Leather Sheen' include 'Little Razor', 'New Wave', and 'Golden Decade', a very diverse group.

Dense, medium sized mound of shiny, dark green foliage to 17" high x 48" wide. leaves are 7.5" long by 4.25" wide, blade ovate and moderately wavy; smooth texture when young, slightly corregated at maturity. Good substance; 8-10 vein pairs. Flowers early to mid-July; medium purple on 23" scapes. Does not readily form seed pods.


On Jul 7, 2004, smiln32 from Oklahoma City, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

Lohman/Zilis - IRA/1988. Scapes reach up to 23".


On Aug 19, 2002, Greenwood from Bonifay, FL (Zone 8a) wrote:

This plant grows low to the ground and has not done well in my garden. I may put it in a pot to try getting better growth.