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PlantFiles: Hosta
Hosta 'Stained Glass'

Family: Liliaceae (lil-ee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Hosta (HOSS-tuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Stained Glass
Hybridized by Hansen; Year of Registration or Introduction: 1999

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Plant Size (check one):
Medium (leaf 25-81 square inches; plant 10-18 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:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Flowers are fragrant
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:
3 (Average)

Leaf Color:
Medium Green
Golden Yellow

Color of Leaf Margin:
Medium Green

Number of Vein Pairs:
9 to 11

Appearance of Margin:
Unknown - Tell us

Margin Width:
1/8" - 1/4"
1/4" - 1/2"
1/2" - 1"

Bloom Time:

Flower Shape:

Flower Fragrance:
Slightly Fragrant

Does it set seed?:
Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:
Near White

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6 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive alclubb On Jul 8, 2013, alclubb from Flower Mound, TX wrote:

I have had Guacamole in my shade yard for a few years, and I love it, but when I saw this sport of Guacamole I wanted to try it. I ordered a small plant, but it has more than doubled in size in about a month in my garden. I love this hosta. The chartreuse coloring shows up so well in a dense shady area. I would love to get larger plants the next time, but I have never seen them locally.

Positive LD2 On May 7, 2010, LD2 from Minneapolis, MN wrote:

It grows beautifully under my spruce trees. I was told by the nursery that it is a sport of Guacomole.

Positive Marlina On Aug 11, 2009, Marlina from Blaine, MN (Zone 4b) wrote:

No slugs on this so far and has gotten it's first bloom and it is large white and fragrant love it. Only second year...

Positive caroling On Aug 19, 2008, caroling from Albany, OR wrote:

This plant is extremely easy to divide, even during the middle of the growing season here in Albany, OR (August). Small clumps, when broken off of the main plant, root easily in water. A very vigorous plant with day lily-like flowers that are a very pale lavender-white and 3 inches in diameter! My plant is growing well in a pot in bright shade on the east side of the house.

Positive ViolaAnn On Aug 6, 2007, ViolaAnn from Ottawa, ON (Zone 5a) wrote:

Finally it has rewarded me with a bloom. I moved it this year to a sunnier location and it's much happier though it did suffer some early season sunburn. I've had it since spring 2004.

Positive rcn48 On Jan 28, 2006, rcn48 from Lexington, VA (Zone 6a) wrote:

We've grown this plant for several years and although we have alot of favorites, 'Stained Glass' is at the top of the list. Bright variegation and almost glossy leaves make it really stand out in the shade garden.

We asked a visitor to our gardens to choose the Hosta with the most WOW and her immediate response was 'Stained Glass'. Used in a container planting for Fine Gardening magazine's 2005 contest and placed in the top 10!


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

Mentone, Alabama
Juneau, Alaska
Dacula, Georgia
Lawrenceville, Georgia
Marietta, Georgia
Cherry Valley, Illinois
Machesney Park, Illinois
Nilwood, Illinois
Rockford, Illinois
Washington, Illinois
Elberfeld, Indiana
Iowa City, Iowa (2 reports)
Sioux Center, Iowa
Louisville, Kentucky
Durham, Maine
Dracut, Massachusetts
Dearborn Heights, Michigan
Plainwell, Michigan
Royal Oak, Michigan
Minneapolis, Minnesota
New Ulm, Minnesota
Rochester, Minnesota
Jamesburg, New Jersey
Greene, New York
Southold, New York
Woodstock, New York
Elizabeth City, North Carolina
Pittsboro, North Carolina
Raleigh, North Carolina
Glouster, Ohio
Williamsburg, Ohio
Albany, Oregon
Norristown, Pennsylvania
Lexington, South Carolina
Flower Mound, Texas
Houston, Texas
Irving, Texas
Arlington, Virginia
Lexington, Virginia
Kalama, Washington
South Hill, Washington
Eau Claire, Wisconsin
Ellsworth, Wisconsin
Lake Delton, Wisconsin
Marion, Wisconsin
Oconomowoc, Wisconsin

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