Hosta 'Sun Power'


Family: Liliaceae (lil-ee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Hosta (HOSS-tuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Sun Power
Additional cultivar information:(aka Sunpower)
Hybridized by Aden
Registered or introduced: 1986
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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:

Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:


Seed Collecting:

Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

Growing Habit:


Growth Rate:


Leaf Shape:


Leaf Appearance:




Degree to which the appearance is present:


Leaf Texture (top):


Leaf Texture (bottom):

Glaucous Bloom

Leaf Substance:

2 (Good)

Leaf Color:

Golden Yellow

Color of Leaf Margin:

No margin

Number of Vein Pairs:

12 to 15

16 to 18

Appearance of Margin:

Slightly Rippled

Margin Width:

No margin

Bloom Time:


Flower Shape:


Flower Fragrance:

No fragrance

Does it set seed?:

Yes; seed is viable

Bloom Color:

Pale 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:

Decatur, Georgia

Marietta, Georgia

Itasca, Illinois

Machesney Park, Illinois

Nilwood, Illinois

Waukegan, Illinois

Elberfeld, Indiana

Topeka, Kansas

Henderson, Kentucky

Durham, Maine

Reading, Massachusetts

Plymouth, Michigan

Royal Oak, Michigan

Clinton, Mississippi

Natchez, Mississippi

Lothair, Montana

Cranford, New Jersey

Greene, New York

Pittsboro, North Carolina

Raleigh, North Carolina

Belfield, North Dakota

Medora, North Dakota

Coshocton, Ohio

Glouster, Ohio

Springboro, Ohio

Salem, Oregon

Mercer, Pennsylvania

Norristown, Pennsylvania

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

North Augusta, South Carolina

Lexington, Virginia

Portsmouth, Virginia

Kirkland, Washington

Eau Claire, Wisconsin

Lake Delton, Wisconsin

Marion, Wisconsin

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Aug 11, 2009, Vet2009 from Kirkland, WA wrote:

I have this plant and it does great in full sun too. The leaves become really golden/yellow. I have had it for just a month but its doing fine. Will update about its growth potential in the future. A beautiful Hosta to have in your collection.


On Jan 14, 2005, lmelling from Ithaca, NY (Zone 5b) wrote:

Becomes a large, dense mound of wavy, bright gold foliage to about 28" high by 70" wide. Leaves are 12" long by 7-1/4" wide; brilliant gold by mid-summer and especially bright in sunlight. The leaves have a thin underside bloom with an ovate blade that is cupped at the base and also has a curved tip. Distinctly wavy; slight corrugation with good substance and 14-16 vein pairs.

Flowers bloom early to late July and are pale lavendar with a lighter petal margin. Scapes up to 43" tall. Does not form many pods, however, M. Zilis in "The Hosta Handbook" says, "Though 'Sun Power' forms only an occasional seed pod, it is worth trying to hybridize with it owing to its many good qualities."

'Gold Wares': 1995r L. Powell; 'Sun Power X 'Gold Cover' Lots of "sports"... read more


On Aug 1, 2002, jody from MD &, VA (Zone 7b) wrote:

Makes a great mound of bright gold foliage, brighter with more sun/light. It does set seed but very rarely. Flower scapes are about 40" high.