Hosta 'On Stage'


Family: Liliaceae (lil-ee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Hosta (HOSS-tuh) (Info)
Cultivar: On Stage
Additional cultivar information:(aka Choko Nishi)
Hybridized by Aden
Registered or introduced: 1986
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Plant Size (check one):

Small (leaf 6.0-25 square inches; plant 6-10 tall)


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

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

Full 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):

Slightly Shiny

Leaf Texture (bottom):

Unknown - Tell us

Leaf Substance:

Unknown - Tell us

Leaf Color:

Medium Green

Greenish-yellow (Chartreuse)

Color of Leaf Margin:

Medium Green

Number of Vein Pairs:

12 to 15

Appearance of Margin:

Slightly Rippled

Margin Width:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:


Flower Shape:


Flower Fragrance:

No fragrance

Does it set seed?:

Yes; seed is viable

Bloom Color:

Pale Lavender

Medium Lavender

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:

Marietta, Georgia

Machesney Park, Illinois

Nilwood, Illinois

South China, Maine

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Saint Paul, Minnesota

Cape May Court House, New Jersey

Pittsboro, North Carolina

Belfield, North Dakota

Glouster, Ohio

Salem, Oregon

Norristown, Pennsylvania

Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania

Portsmouth, Virginia

Marion, Wisconsin

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Gardeners' Notes:


On May 2, 2015, virginiarose from Portsmouth, VA (Zone 8a) wrote:

Beautiful hosta that was slow getting started but definitely worth waiting for.


On May 9, 2007, jachurch from Apple Valley, MN (Zone 4a) wrote:

On Stage creates a bright splash of yellow in a shady garden - a real eye-catcher. However, it is among the last of the hosta to emerge in the spring, so don't give up hope when all the others are up and starting to unfurl their first leaves. On Stage will show growth about two to three weeks after the earliest hosta.

Jeannine, Apple Valley, Minnesota


On Sep 20, 2006, ViolaAnn from Ottawa, ON (Zone 5a) wrote:

Haven't had it very long, but so far I like it. Am looking forward to seeing it grow. I believe it is the same Hosta as Choko Nishiki.


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

Sport of Montana M. Fuji


On Oct 7, 2002, bert from ehrikon
Switzerland (Zone 6b) wrote:

extremly colourfull in light shadow