Hosta 'Aphrodite'

Hosta plantaginea

Family: Liliaceae (lil-ee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Hosta (HOSS-tuh) (Info)
Species: plantaginea (plan-tuh-JIN-ee-uh) (Info)
Cultivar: Aphrodite
Hybridized by Maekawa
Registered or introduced: 1940
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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)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

Sun Exposure:

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

Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

Growing Habit:


Growth Rate:


Leaf Shape:


Broadly Ovate

Leaf Appearance:


Degree to which the appearance is present:


Leaf Texture (top):

Very Shiny

Leaf Texture (bottom):

Very Shiny

Leaf Substance:

3 (Average)

Leaf Color:

Light Green

Medium Green

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:

Very Fragrant

Does it set seed?:

No it does not set seed

Bloom Color:

Pure 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:

Anniston, Alabama

North Little Rock, Arkansas

Hockessin, Delaware

Marietta, Georgia

Waukegan, Illinois

Durham, Maine

Arlington, Massachusetts

Royal Oak, Michigan

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Saint Louis, Missouri

Cortland, New York

Croton On Hudson, New York

Queens Village, New York

Pittsboro, North Carolina

Dublin, Ohio

Rocky River, Ohio

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania

Lafayette, Tennessee

Flint, Texas

Hereford, Texas

Chantilly, Virginia

Linden, Virginia

Springfield, Virginia

Kalama, Washington

Madison, Wisconsin

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Feb 4, 2014, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

The plain species performs much better than this heavily promoted double-flowered cultivar. Around here (Boston MA Z6a) the flower buds rarely open properly. And I hear similar complaints from other gardeners in other parts of the country.


On Jun 9, 2012, AlisonMargaret from Ottawa
Canada wrote:

This plant used to flower for me, but in the last ten years, I've had no luck. I live in Ottawa, Ontario (US Z4/Can Z5a), and have no trouble growing it, in shade or sun. I do have, though, trouble getting it to flower for me. The stems come up quite late (August?), and then the buds wither. Given that that blooms are the best reason to grow this plant, this is very annoying!


On Sep 13, 2008, igrozem from Dublin, OH wrote:

This is a sun sensitive hosta. I have it where it receives mostly diffused and reflective lighting off of our white home. Late in the season it gets some tip burn even in this protected area. Also it is a thirsty hosta so it must be in a well drained but moist bed. If this plant didn't have such enormous and fragrant blooms, I probably wouldn't grow it because otherwise, it is pretty much plain-jane.


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

'Aphrodite' was one of the first hosta I purchased when I started my garden. The information about the double blooms was enough to encourage me - plus being told that hosta was so easy to grow. Not knowing anything about gardening at that point I gave 'Aphrodite' a center spot below a birdbath where their was morning and evening sunlight but was shaded by the afternoon sun by pine trees. The plant did not only NOT thrive, it disappeared completely by the spring of it's third year. I'm not sure what happened to it but I know that other hosta are thriving near where this one was planted - could have been a poor specimen or my inability see it was in trouble. Now that I've been gardening a few years I may give this cultivar another try and see how it does - but I'll pick the spot more ca... read more


On Jun 2, 2004, ckp from Cortland, NY wrote:

I comment only because my experience with growing Hosta 'Aphrodite' in the sun is very different from that recounted by one of your members who says that it "melted down" in the sun. I moved three of these hostas from my shade garden in the Syracuse, NY region last June to here in Delaware, where they stayed in plastic pots in the full sun for three months until I had completely settled and could get them into the ground. They were watered twice daily; the daytime temperature in Delaware was in the 90's for much of August, and in the 80's for much of September, with brilliant sun. Moreover, these hostas are located on the South side of a stone dwelling, near the foundation, which radiates heat. I was amazed last year, and am now again this year (today is June 2), at how robust and und... read more


On Sep 10, 2003, Greenknee from Chantilly, VA (Zone 6b) wrote:

I found this hosta to be very sensitive to sun. New this year, a single eye division started to 'melt down' in early summer - exposed about 2/3 day, sheltered from afternoon sun. I moved it to a full shade nurse bed and it perked up. I find a lot of conflicting sun/shade recommendations for hostas.