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Hosta 'Red October'


Family: Liliaceae (lil-ee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Hosta (HOSS-tuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Red October
Hybridized by Herold-AHS-Walek
Registered or introduced: 2009
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Plant Size (check one):

Large (leaf 81-144 square inches; plant 18-28 tall)


18-24 in. (45-60 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

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):


Leaf Substance:

1 (Thick)

Leaf Color:

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:

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


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Florence, Alabama

Dacula, Georgia

Marietta, Georgia

Caseyville, Illinois

Cherry Valley, Illinois

Machesney Park, Illinois

Washington, Illinois

Tracy, Iowa

Plainwell, Michigan

Minneapolis, Minnesota

New Ulm, Minnesota

Lothair, Montana

Sewell, New Jersey

Schenectady, New York

Southold, New York

Elizabeth City, North Carolina

Belfield, North Dakota

Medora, North Dakota

Cincinnati, Ohio

Williamsburg, Ohio

Mount Hood Parkdale, Oregon

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania

Christiana, Tennessee

Lexington, Virginia

Green Bay, Wisconsin

Oconomowoc, Wisconsin

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Gardeners' Notes:


On May 8, 2013, lhawkins from Mount Hood Parkdale, OR wrote:

A beautiful plant but also a favorite with the deer.


On Feb 28, 2012, Gabrielle from (Zone 5a) wrote:

Nice, red petiols. Blooms September - November in my garden.


On Jun 10, 2008, gardenlady123 from Plainwell, MI (Zone 5b) wrote:

I just planted this hosta in spring of '08. Really like the red stems. Seems kind of a slow grower. Im excited about the color of the flowers. The leaves are a nice shape. Im happy with my choice.


On Jul 10, 2007, Jennie_in_MT from Lothair, MT (Zone 4a) wrote:

This hosta was new fall of 2006. I was concerned that it had died over the winter, but it came up *very* late.
Don't give up on this one.....


On Apr 27, 2004, henryr10 from Cincinnati, OH (Zone 6b) wrote:

Very late to show up here in Cincinnati.
The one of the last Hosta we have to break ground this Spring.
Well worth the wait though!!


On May 18, 2003, bryanvac from Minneapolis, MN wrote:

I love this different hosta. The red stems are very interesting and upright grown set it apart from many other hostas. It's a must have for any hosta collector.


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

Herold NR. Red peitioles.