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PlantFiles: Hosta
Hosta 'Thunderbolt'

Family: Liliaceae (lil-ee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Hosta (HOSS-tuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Thunderbolt
Additional cultivar information: (PP14232)
Hybridized by Crowder; Year of Registration or Introduction: 2001

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Plant Size (check one):
Large (leaf 81-144 square inches; plant 18-28 tall)

36-48 in. (90-120 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

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:
Nearly Round

Leaf Appearance:

Degree to which the appearance is present:

Leaf Texture (top):
Slightly Shiny

Leaf Texture (bottom):
Unknown - Tell us

Leaf Substance:
1 (Thick)

Leaf Color:
Medium Blue-Green
Creamy White

Color of Leaf Margin:
Medium Blue-Green

Number of Vein Pairs:
Unknown - Tell us

Appearance of Margin:
Flat/Nearly Flat

Margin Width:
Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:

Flower Shape:

Flower Fragrance:
Unknown - Tell us

Does it set seed?:
Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:
Pure White

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3 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive dahlia10 On Aug 6, 2011, dahlia10 from Ottawa
Canada wrote:

Very nice,original leaf patern and slug proof!! A slow grower but i love it!

Neutral sanannie On Feb 21, 2009, sanannie from White Lake, ON (Zone 4b) wrote:

Plant Patent #14232 - Expiry Date: 10/29/2021

Positive Cesca_B On May 19, 2005, Cesca_B from Henderson, KY wrote:

Thunderbolt had an awful time last year in the yard, having a person who didn't know what it was attempt to cut back it's leaves to make it grow. We thought for sure that with that sort of maltreatment, another year for Thunderbolt was unlikely. Well, there it was, at the beginning of the year, showing the first signs of a new set of leaves. It didn't grow at all in size (unlike my other hostas) but it's survived (like hostas are apt to do).

Positive smiln32 On May 26, 2003, smiln32 from Oklahoma City, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

This very beautiful sieboldiana sport has a similar leaf pattern but more blue-green 'Gypsy Rose', which is also stunning. Lovely variegation. Gets to be approx. 14" tall.


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

Lawrenceville, Georgia
Marietta, Georgia
Machesney Park, Illinois
Peoria, Illinois
Logansport, Indiana
Henderson, Kentucky
Louisville, Kentucky
Reading, Massachusetts
Royal Oak, Michigan
Mantorville, Minnesota
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Cape May Court House, New Jersey
Sewell, New Jersey
Montauk, New York
Schenectady, New York
Pittsboro, North Carolina
Glouster, Ohio
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Norristown, Pennsylvania
Yemassee, South Carolina
Kalama, Washington
Marion, Wisconsin
Twin Lakes, Wisconsin

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