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Hosta 'Olive Bailey Langdon'

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

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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
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:
Nearly Round

Leaf Appearance:

Degree to which the appearance is present:

Leaf Texture (top):
Slightly Shiny

Leaf Texture (bottom):

Leaf Substance:
1 (Thick)

Leaf Color:
Medium Green
Dark Green

Color of Leaf Margin:
Medium Green

Number of Vein Pairs:
9 to 11

Appearance of Margin:
Unknown - Tell us

Margin Width:
1/2" - 1"
1" - 1 1/2"
1 1/2" - 2
2" - 2 1/2"
3" - 3 1/2"

Bloom Time:

Flower Shape:

Flower Fragrance:
No fragrance

Does it set seed?:
Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:
Pure White

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3 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive ifonly On Jun 8, 2011, ifonly from Brookfield, CT wrote:

Planted Olive two or three years ago in Brookfield CT -- it is a beautiful, large hosta. Unbothered by a few hours of the dreaded afternoon sun, but lawn guys with weed whackers are another story entirely. Much more vigorous than Frances Williams, which was my first foray into 'special' hostas years ago.

If you like the looks of this hosta, go for it -- it's terrific.

Positive kentstar On Aug 14, 2010, kentstar from Ravenna, OH (Zone 5b) wrote:

Just planted one this year, so I can't comment much yet. So far it's gorgeous though! Small right now, but I'm looking forward to seeing what it can do. Nice large leafed, variegated hosta. It's not supposed to burn in the sun as much as Frances Williams, although I also planted that one in the ground this year. Looks very similar to Frances Williams. I have it planted in a wine barrel. Hope it makes it over winter here!

Positive LD2 On May 7, 2010, LD2 from Minneapolis, MN wrote:

Beautiful Large hosta. Have it growing by the pond where gets sun in morning and is moist most of the time - love it!
It has been there 2 years now.


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

Paradise, California
Brookfield, Connecticut
Somers, Connecticut
Cordele, Georgia
Marietta, Georgia
Aurora, Illinois
Machesney Park, Illinois
Royal Oak, Michigan
Whitmore Lake, Michigan
Sewell, New Jersey
Pittsboro, North Carolina
Ravenna, Ohio
Norristown, Pennsylvania
Leesburg, Virginia

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