Hosta 'Vanilla Cream'


Family: Liliaceae (lil-ee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Hosta (HOSS-tuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Vanilla Cream
Hybridized by Aden
Registered or introduced: 1986
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Plant Size (check one):

Miniature (leaf 2.0-6.0 square inches; plant 4-6 tall)


6-9 in. (15-22 cm)

9-12 in. (22-30 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:

Unknown - Tell us

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:

3 (Average)

Leaf Color:

Golden Yellow

Color of Leaf Margin:

No margin

Number of Vein Pairs:

9 to 11

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

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:

Pleasant Valley, Connecticut

Marietta, Georgia

Machesney Park, Illinois

New Ulm, Minnesota

Pittsboro, North Carolina

Belfield, North Dakota

Coshocton, Ohio

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jan 30, 2005, gretaduck from Pittsboro, NC (Zone 7a) wrote:

Hi, our experience with Vanilla Cream is that it gets about 11" tall by 26" wide and forms a small mound. It has 10-11 vein pairs, has average substance, and moderate corrugation. The leaves are about 5.5" long and 4.5" wide. Has lavender flowers in late July on 16" scapes. Has a fast growth rate. This bright gold foliage stands out in any kind of weather!


On Jan 2, 2005, smiln32 from Oklahoma City, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

Mounding hosta - approx 5" x 8", so small size. Color will vary with the amount of sun it gets. Starts off as a light green, but with more sunlight, it can lighten up considerably until it's nearly cream colored. Flowers are lavender and appear in mid July - mid August.