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Hosta 'Northern Exposure'


Family: Liliaceae (lil-ee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Hosta (HOSS-tuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Northern Exposure
Hybridized by Walters Gardens
Registered or introduced: 1987
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Plant Size (check one):

Giant (leaf >144 square inches; plant >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)

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:


Leaf Appearance:


Degree to which the appearance is present:



Leaf Texture (top):

Glaucous Bloom

Leaf Texture (bottom):

Glaucous Bloom

Leaf Substance:

2 (Good)

Leaf Color:

Medium Blue-Green

Color of Leaf Margin:


Creamy White

Number of Vein Pairs:

9 to 11

Appearance of Margin:

Flat/Nearly Flat

Margin Width:

1" - 1 1/2"

Bloom Time:



Flower Shape:


Flower Fragrance:

No fragrance

Does it set seed?:

Yes; seed is viable

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:


Somers, Connecticut

Marietta, Georgia

Clermont, Iowa

Sioux Center, Iowa

Ann Arbor, Michigan

Plainwell, Michigan

Scottville, Michigan

Ithaca, New York

Pittsboro, North Carolina

Glouster, Ohio

Orrville, Ohio

Salem, Oregon

Newport, Washington

Eau Claire, Wisconsin

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Gardeners' Notes:


On May 25, 2016, KittyWittyKat from Saint Paul, MN (Zone 4b) wrote:

synonym Leprechaun's Loot (TM) plantain lily
Hosta sieboldiana 'Northern Exposure'


On Jun 9, 2013, lorrykohls from Clermont, IA wrote:

I've had this large beautiful & showy heavily corrugated blue-green centered w/white margin for 4 yrs. It is such a stand out, being a form of "Northern Halo" w/no drawstring effect which is awesome. It's one of my faves.


On Oct 18, 2004, lmelling from Ithaca, NY (Zone 5b) wrote:

A wonderful hosta! I purchased a small hosta of this cultivar in a 6" pot in 1999 and planted it on the north side of my house next to my garage where it grew surprisingly fast in the moist, shady location. In 2002 I decided to start a shade garden in my backyard under some pine trees. I took a knife and divided the existing Northern Exposure in half, dug it up and transplanted to the new garden in June. Both hosta's are now enormous - and growing wonderfully!


On Jun 28, 2004, jhyshark from Scottville, MI (Zone 4b) wrote:

I really love this hosta, just bought it in 2003, nice blooms in 2004. I thought I'd start a hosta bed on the east side of my house, but apparently even morning sun is too hot bouncing off the house, and this hosta and a heuchera there get burned, so they will have to be moved to the north side.


On Jan 8, 2003, jody from MD &, VA (Zone 7b) wrote:

Flower scapes 30". Sport of H. Elegans