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PlantFiles: Hosta
Hosta 'Red October'

Family: Liliaceae (lil-ee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Hosta (HOSS-tuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Red October
Hybridized by Herold

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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:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

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

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6 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

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

A beautiful plant but also a favorite with the deer.

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

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

Positive gardenlady123 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.

Positive Jennie_in_MT 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.....

Positive henryr10 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!!

Positive bryanvac 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.

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

Herold NR. Red peitioles.


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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