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PlantFiles: Hosta
Hosta 'Night Before Christmas'

Family: Liliaceae (lil-ee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Hosta (HOSS-tuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Night Before Christmas
Hybridized by Machen; Year of Registration or Introduction: 1994

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8 vendors have this plant for sale.

23 members have or want this plant for trade.

Plant Size (check one):
Large (leaf 81-144 square inches; plant 18-28 tall)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

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

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):
Slightly Shiny

Leaf Texture (bottom):

Leaf Substance:
4 (Above Average)

Leaf Color:
Pure White

Color of Leaf Margin:
Dark Green

Number of Vein Pairs:
9 to 11

Appearance of Margin:
Slightly Rippled

Margin Width:
1" - 1 1/2"
1 1/2" - 2

Bloom Time:

Flower Shape:

Flower Fragrance:
No fragrance

Does it set seed?:
Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:
Pale Lavender

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8 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive cyrd On Dec 24, 2012, cyrd from wanganui
New Zealand wrote:

This plant and White Xmas are gorgeous but the most vulnerable of all my scores of varieties to snail damage here in NZ. I haven't tried it at my home in Perris, California as I am only there in the N. hemisphere summer.

Positive amg52amg On Jul 15, 2006, amg52amg from Davenport, IA wrote:

I picked up my Night Before Christmas at an end-of-the-year sale at a drug store! It had two pitiful leaves, but I liked the name, and I thought I could remember it - unlike most of my hostas. It is now in its second year and is beautiful - one of my favorites for its striking, bright variegation - living happily next to two burning bushes and assorted hostas, in morning sun and then filtered sun/shade.

Positive grannymarsh On Jun 6, 2006, grannymarsh from Marquette, MI (Zone 5a) wrote:

This Hosta has increased very well in just one year!!

Positive vossner On May 12, 2006, vossner from Richmond, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

Hostas have pretty much broken my heart because they won't grow in my garden. However, Night Before Christmas is one that has been in my garden for 3 years. Not growing by leaps ands bounds, but slowly and surely.

Positive KublaiKhan On Aug 8, 2005, KublaiKhan from Machesney Park, IL wrote:

Sport of 'White Christmas'

Positive smiln32 On Oct 4, 2004, smiln32 from Oklahoma City, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

I have this hosta growing in a pot on my back porch and even when I forget to water the poor thing, it still looks good. The variegation is lovely. I think for it to grow well, I'm going to have to put it in the ground, though.

Positive Bull70 On Sep 15, 2002, Bull70 wrote:


Positive Greenwood On May 6, 2002, Greenwood from Bonifay, FL (Zone 8a) wrote:

A beautiful plant that has done well in my garden .


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

Bonifay, Florida
Marietta, Georgia
Caseyville, Illinois
Machesney Park, Illinois
Pontiac, Illinois
Spring Grove, Illinois
Washington, Illinois
Elberfeld, Indiana
Davenport, Iowa
Iowa City, Iowa
Louisville, Kentucky
Hagerstown, Maryland
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Plainwell, Michigan
Royal Oak, Michigan
Minneapolis, Minnesota (2 reports)
New Ulm, Minnesota
Lothair, Montana
Cape May Court House, New Jersey
Salt Point, New York
Westerlo, New York
Pittsboro, North Carolina
Belfield, North Dakota
Medora, North Dakota
Canton, Ohio
Cincinnati, Ohio
Delta, Ohio
Glouster, Ohio
West Chester, Ohio
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Tulsa, Oklahoma
Walterville, Oregon
Altoona, Pennsylvania
Summerville, South Carolina
Christiana, Tennessee
Fairview, Tennessee
Richmond, Texas
Arlington, Virginia
Broadway, Virginia
Bellevue, Washington
Hazel Dell North, Washington
Kalama, Washington
Beverly, West Virginia
Eau Claire, Wisconsin

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