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Hosta 'Patriot'

Family: Liliaceae (lil-ee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Hosta (HOSS-tuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Patriot
Hybridized by Machen; Year of Registration or Introduction: 1991

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

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)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 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):
Glaucous Bloom

Leaf Substance:
4 (Above Average)

Leaf Color:
Medium Green

Color of Leaf Margin:
Creamy White

Number of Vein Pairs:
9 to 11

Appearance of Margin:
Slightly Rippled

Margin Width:
1/2" - 1"

Bloom Time:

Flower Shape:

Flower Fragrance:
No fragrance

Does it set seed?:
No it does not set seed

Bloom Color:
Medium Lavender

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9 positives
4 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Bazuhi On May 28, 2011, Bazuhi from Downers Grove, IL (Zone 5a) wrote:

It's 2011 and I have one of these left from when I ordered it from Van Bourgondien way back in 2002. I am not a big fan of this leaf style on hosta's but I do really like this one. The white is really striking in the shade and will admit it is probable the only one I like that grows in this fashion.

Neutral Eldine On May 20, 2011, Eldine from Wellsville, NY (Zone 4b) wrote:

I have always been successful growing hostas in containers so last year I bought 2 of these for $8 each, planted them in gorgeous pots, and put them on my front porch on either side of the front door. They grew beautifully and I got lots of compliments. I was terribly disappointed this year when all my other hosta came back like usual but neither of these did. Both rotted in the pots. I may have done something wrong but I think I'll go back to using free hostas from friends.

Positive Crit On Jul 31, 2010, Crit from Sand Springs (Tulsa), OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

I had this Hosta at my previous house in Tulsa, OK in a filtered shade garden. I dug starts of it and brought to my new house. I planted it by the pool where it is shaded by the privacy fence and many trees, until about 3 in the afternoon, then gets sun. The afternoon sun was still too much for it and it is faultering terribly. I'm going to move them to a shadier spot and see how they do. I think these will come back.

Positive mjab17 On Mar 2, 2008, mjab17 from North Billerica, MA wrote:

I do like this plant alot-- probley dosent grow as fast as i would like -- but i did recently divid it last year and mover it to a more perfeable location --- it seems to stay much smaller then other large hostas ive seen then again it just may given the time

Positive Half On Nov 26, 2007, Half from Minneapolis, MN wrote:

I must admit I love hostas, I have 3 varities. I did have an interesting problem with some of them this year. I "think" because we had such a dry begining of the year that squirrels and chipmonks were eating them for water. I found no signs of a insect problem. I was baffeled as to what was getting them. When I begin to think maybe its was the critters, I put out a couple of bowls of water an they stoped getting eaten. I am still not completely sure that was the problem as I never saw what was getting them. I also like how hardy they are! Hubby placed 4 6" pots under a bench where they were forgotten and hidden over the winter, surprisingly, and very unusual for this zone (after a very cold winter, temps a low as -30 F and very deep frost line) 3 of the 4 pots survived! While the cold did stunt them by the first frost they were doing very well. Another benefit is, we have eves that allow nothing (even grass) to grow but, hosta's will send out horizontal roots to get water so, after they are established they will flourish with minimum care.

Positive corinna On Jul 3, 2005, corinna from Geneva
Switzerland (Zone 7a) wrote:

Am growing this hosta on a slope in the sun for 3/4 of the day. It does not seem to mind. Zone 7 (Switzerland)

Positive SalmonMe On Oct 23, 2004, SalmonMe from Springboro, OH (Zone 6a) wrote:

I LOVE this Hosta! It is absolutely fabulous throughout the summer. I deadheaded mine and the foliage kept up great until heavy frost. Beautiful, beautiful en masse around tree bases or just in casually flowing shade borders. A favorite!

Positive teacher45 On Jul 10, 2003, teacher45 from Danville, IN (Zone 5b) wrote:

Patriot is an exceptional hosta to grow in the Midwest. It has such a good substance that in August, when most hostas look a little bedraggled, Patriot is still in good form. It makes a neat mound of tightly packed leaves. I don't have any problems with slugs or snails on Patriot (knock on wood!), although they have been a problem with other variegated cultivars during wet springs. Patriot is one of my "Top 10" hostas! Try it!

Positive smiln32 On May 26, 2003, smiln32 from Oklahoma City, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

This hosta grows well, multiplies fairly quickly, too. It is easy to divide and mine, at least, likes lots of shade.

Hosta of the Year - named by the American Hosta Growers' Association - 1997.

Positive SunshineSue On May 25, 2003, SunshineSue from Mississauga, ON (Zone 6a) wrote:

Wonderful, reliable Hosta that does well in shade to morning sun, in ground as well as in large wooden barrel in which it survives our sometimes very cruel (zone 5 1/2-6) winters with no protection other than being in a sheltered corner in the garden & out of the severe wind. Prone to slug damage unfortunately as most Hosta are. I've tried everything from egg shells to grapefruit shells turned upside down to dishes of beer placed in the garden. The only deterent seems to be slug bait in the form of pellets. I'd rather not use this, but have had no luck with other methods. This Hosta is a wonderful stand-alone plant, but also looks lovely in a mixed bed with plants of contrasting foilage (dark colored leaves such as wine or purple & lime green foilage plants). Prefers a soil rich in compost such as sterilized, composted manure. Divides easily in the spring when plant is just emerging by 2 or 3 inches & should be divided every 4-6 years. If the centre of your Hosta begins to dry back, this is an indication that it's time to divide. Disgard the centre keeping the fresh, new growth around it's perimeter.

Neutral jan_M On May 17, 2003, jan_M from Creighton
Canada wrote:

The plant starts out well, but stops all of a sudden.
Light green with white stripes. No problems of bugs eating the leaves. Hostas prefer shade, and ours grew by the house for a while.
If plant matures, it will be a beautiful silvery-green plant, with a tall, spikey trumpet-shaped purple flowers. (No problems flowering.)

Neutral clendnn On Apr 30, 2003, clendnn from Pleasanton, CA wrote:

Requires definite protection from snails and slugs, they'll chew it right down to the ground, given a chance.

Neutral Greenwood On Jun 3, 2002, Greenwood from Bonifay, FL (Zone 8a) wrote:

A sport of Francee mound of white margined leaves very striking.


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

Lac Du Bonnet,
Birmingham, Alabama
Enterprise, Alabama
Montgomery, Alabama
Juneau, Alaska
Phoenix, Arizona
Fort Smith, Arkansas
Clayton, California
Paradise, California
Pleasanton, California
San Leandro, California
Colorado Springs, Colorado
Fruita, Colorado
Oxford, Connecticut
Bear, Delaware
Harrington, Delaware
Bonifay, Florida
Atlanta, Georgia (2 reports)
Cordele, Georgia
Marietta, Georgia
Roswell, Georgia
Warner Robins, Georgia
Brookfield, Illinois
Cherry Valley, Illinois
Des Plaines, Illinois
Downers Grove, Illinois
Machesney Park, Illinois
Mount Prospect, Illinois
Niles, Illinois
Nilwood, Illinois
Peoria, Illinois
Quincy, Illinois
Round Lake, Illinois
Washington, Illinois
Woodridge, Illinois
Cicero, Indiana
Danville, Indiana
Elberfeld, Indiana
Greenville, Indiana
Newburgh, Indiana
Marengo, Iowa
Topeka, Kansas
Barbourville, Kentucky
Henderson, Kentucky
Slidell, Louisiana
Durham, Maine
Hancock, Maine
Cascade, Maryland
Edgewater, Maryland
Tracys Landing, Maryland
Lunenburg, Massachusetts
North Billerica, Massachusetts
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Dearborn Heights, Michigan
Newport, Michigan
Plainwell, Michigan
Redford, Michigan
Royal Oak, Michigan
Tecumseh, Michigan
Traverse City, Michigan
Minneapolis, Minnesota
New Ulm, Minnesota
Savage, Minnesota
Natchez, Mississippi
Saint Louis, Missouri
Aurora, Nebraska
Auburn, New Hampshire
Cape May Court House, New Jersey
Sewell, New Jersey
South Plainfield, New Jersey
Ballston Spa, New York
Greene, New York
Ithaca, New York
Rochester, New York
Asheville, North Carolina
Davidson, North Carolina
Elizabeth City, North Carolina
Pittsboro, North Carolina
Raleigh, North Carolina (2 reports)
Medora, North Dakota
Cincinnati, Ohio
Coshocton, Ohio
Delaware, Ohio
Geneva, Ohio
Glouster, Ohio
Mogadore, Ohio
Springboro, Ohio
Sand Springs, Oklahoma
Portland, Oregon (2 reports)
Salem, Oregon
Norristown, Pennsylvania
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Reynoldsville, Pennsylvania
Waterford, Pennsylvania
Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania
Warwick, Rhode Island
Goose Creek, South Carolina
Ladys Island, South Carolina
North Augusta, South Carolina
Clarksville, Tennessee
Knoxville, Tennessee
Memphis, Tennessee
Middleton, Tennessee
Flint, Texas
Garland, Texas
Overton, Texas
Port Arthur, Texas
Big Stone Gap, Virginia
Leesburg, Virginia
Manassas, Virginia
Mc Lean, Virginia
Palmyra, Virginia
Roanoke, Virginia
Kalama, Washington
Kirkland, Washington
Stanwood, Washington
Vancouver, Washington
Madison, Wisconsin
Marion, Wisconsin
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Oconomowoc, Wisconsin
Spooner, Wisconsin
Stoughton, Wisconsin

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