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PlantFiles: Hosta
Hosta 'Northern Exposure'

Family: Liliaceae (lil-ee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Hosta (HOSS-tuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Northern Exposure
Hybridized by Walters Gardens; Year of Registration or Introduction: 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:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

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

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3 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive lorrykohls 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.

Positive lmelling 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!

Positive jhyshark 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.

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

Flower scapes 30". Sport of H. Elegans


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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