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PlantFiles: Hosta
Hosta 'Masquerade'

Family: Liliaceae (lil-ee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Hosta (HOSS-tuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Masquerade
Hybridized by Grenfell/Grounds; Year of Registration or Introduction: 1996

Synonym:Hosta venusta Variegata

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17 members have or want this plant for trade.

Plant Size (check one):
Dwarf (leaf < 2.0 square inches, plant < 4 tall)

3-6 in. (7-15 cm)
6-9 in. (15-22 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:
Partial to Full Shade
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):

Leaf Texture (bottom):

Leaf Substance:
5 (Thin)

Leaf Color:
Creamy White

Color of Leaf Margin:
Medium Green
Dark Green

Number of Vein Pairs:
Fewer than 9

Appearance of Margin:
Slightly Rippled

Margin Width:
1/64" - 1/32"
1/32" - 1/16"

Bloom Time:

Flower Shape:

Flower Fragrance:
No fragrance

Does it set seed?:
Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:
Pale Purple
Deep Purple

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2 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive JenDion On May 30, 2014, JenDion from Litchfield, NH (Zone 5b) wrote:

This Hosta is great! I think I accidentally found that "Narrow Range" mentioned in the post below. It gets filtered sun all morning, then full sun for an hour or 3 at noontime, then full shade all afternoon (it's on the east side foundation of my house with tall trees about 30-40 feet away). It doubled or tripled in size in 1 season, and has the most fascinating leaf coloration and texture (sort of 'waggly'). It might be one of my new favs - which is saying something for something so small!

Neutral Malus2006 On May 21, 2010, Malus2006 from Coon Rapids, MN (Zone 4a) wrote:

This hosta is very highly maintaince - tend to demand a certain balance of sun and shade - if too much sun it burns, too much shade it declines so its prefered location tend to be in a narrow range.

Positive Karenn On Jul 10, 2002, Karenn from Mount Prospect, IL (Zone 5a) wrote:

I have grown this hosta for 3 years and have been able to divide two of the three plants I have. It is a charming, very tiny variegated hosta (until last year this was the smallest variegated hosta on the market). A friend indicated this would be "eaten alive" by slugs, but I have had no problem! (It's so small they probably miss it!) This is a wonderful hosta for a "close-up" area along a shady path, or the edge of a shady border. It has a broad, almost pure white center, that instantly calls for attention. I am in Zone 5A (occasionally 4B!) and it has proven reliably hardy, even with no snow cover or winter mulch (in an eastern and a protected northern exposure).


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

Marietta, Georgia
Mount Prospect, Illinois
Litchfield, New Hampshire
Cape May Court House, New Jersey
Pittsboro, North Carolina
Cincinnati, Ohio
Glouster, Ohio
Haviland, Ohio
Norristown, Pennsylvania
Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania
Ellsworth, Wisconsin
Owen, Wisconsin

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