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Hosta 'Beatrice'


Family: Liliaceae (lil-ee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Hosta (HOSS-tuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Beatrice
Additional cultivar information:(aka Beatrice Variegated)
Hybridized by Williams
Registered or introduced: 1962
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Plant Size (check one):

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

Medium (leaf 25-81 square inches; plant 10-18 tall)


24-36 in. (60-90 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

Growing Habit:


Growth Rate:

Unknown - Tell us

Leaf Shape:


Leaf Appearance:


Degree to which the appearance is present:

Unknown - Tell us

Leaf Texture (top):

Slightly Shiny

Leaf Texture (bottom):

Slightly Shiny

Leaf Substance:

5 (Thin)

Leaf Color:

Medium Green

Dark Green

Greenish White

Creamy White

Pure White

Streaked with color marked above

Color of Leaf Margin:

No margin

Number of Vein Pairs:

Fewer than 9

Appearance of Margin:

Slightly Rippled

Margin Width:

2" - 2 1/2"

Bloom Time:


Flower Shape:

Unknown - Tell us

Flower Fragrance:

No fragrance

Does it set seed?:

Yes; seed is viable

Bloom Color:

Deep Purple

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

Gardeners' Notes:


On Jan 4, 2005, lmelling from Ithaca, NY (Zone 5b) wrote:

'Beatrice' is no longer widely grown in gardens, yet it stands as one of the most significant hostas introduced because of its role in breeding programs in the '70s and '80s. Widely used as a pod parent, hundreds of hosta cultivars can be traced back to it.

As a garden plant, it is highly variable with leaf colors ranging from streaked to margined to solid-colored forms. It produces a small mound 11" x 25" of narrow, highly variable foliage; purple flowers. Leaves are about 5" long by 1.5" wide. The top is slightly shiny with a moderately shiny underside. Slightly wavy margin and smooth texture; thin substance with 6 vein pairs.


On Jun 23, 2004, smiln32 from Oklahoma City, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

Widely used in breeding programs in the '70's and '80's. Frances Williams named it for the daughter of one of her friends.


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

Leaf colors vary, 22"-30" flower scapes. Produces variegated seedlings often.