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PlantFiles: Hosta
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; Year of Registration or Introduction: 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:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

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

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2 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Vet2009 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.

Neutral lmelling 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" listed as well.

Registered by Aden in 1986 as a hybrid of two seedlings.

Positive jody 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.


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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