Hosta 'Golden Prayers'


Family: Liliaceae (lil-ee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Hosta (HOSS-tuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Golden Prayers
Hybridized by Aden
Registered or introduced: 1978
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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)

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:

Broadly Ovate

Nearly Round

Leaf Appearance:



Degree to which the appearance is present:



Leaf Texture (top):


Leaf Texture (bottom):

Glaucous Bloom

Leaf Substance:

1 (Thick)

Leaf Color:


Golden Yellow

Color of Leaf Margin:

No margin

Number of Vein Pairs:

12 to 15

16 to 18

Appearance of Margin:

Flat/Nearly Flat

Margin Width:

No margin

Bloom Time:


Flower Shape:


Flower Fragrance:

No fragrance

Does it set seed?:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Near White

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:

Clayton, California

Norristown, Pennsylvania

Appleton, Wisconsin

Gardeners' Notes:


On Jan 8, 2005, lmelling from Ithaca, NY (Zone 5b) wrote:

'Golden Prayers' is a medium-large mound of heavily corrugated golden foliage; a Tokudama type. Mound size averages 21" tall by 45" wide. Leaves are 8.5" long by 8" wide; medium to bright gold with a moderate underside bloom. The blade is very broadly ovate, somewhat wavy, and heavily corregated with a thick substance. 14 -16 vein pairs. Flowers late June into mid July, near white scapes 24" or lower. Some pods develop.

I purchased two 'Golden Prayers' hosta in 1997, which were obviously mislabeled and are actually 'Little Aurora'. As I began reading about this cultivar in my hosta book, I found that not only is the tale surrounding it interesting - this mistake has most likely led to many cultivars and "sports" possibly being listed from the wrong parentage (from both ... read more


On Jun 4, 2004, vossner from Richmond, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

lovely hosta. stays gold in part sun/part shade. Unlike other varieties I have (i.e. halcyon), this one doesn't suffer much from slug damage


On Jan 4, 2003, jody from MD &, VA (Zone 7b) wrote:

Flower scapes 24". Paul Aden 1976.
H. Little Aurora is often sold with the lable of H. Golden Prayers.