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PlantFiles: Hosta
Hosta 'Liberty'

Family: Liliaceae (lil-ee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Hosta (HOSS-tuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Liberty
Additional cultivar information: (PP12531)
Hybridized by Machen; Year of Registration or Introduction: 1999

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Plant Size (check one):
Giant (leaf >144 square inches; plant >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
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:
Broadly Ovate

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 Green
Medium Blue-Green

Color of Leaf Margin:
Golden Yellow

Number of Vein Pairs:
12 to 15

Appearance of Margin:
Flat/Nearly Flat

Margin Width:
2" - 2 1/2"

Bloom Time:

Flower Shape:

Flower Fragrance:
No fragrance

Does it set seed?:
Yes; seed is viable

Bloom Color:
Pale Lavender

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3 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive coriaceous On Feb 18, 2014, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

One of my favorite hostas---big, statuesque, and showy. This is a sport of Hosta 'Sagae' with much wider margins. The variegation begins as gold and fades to cream in all but the shadiest situations.

The form is upright and gracefully vase-shaped, more upright than many other wide-leafed hostas. Looks great as a specimen planted on an elevated spot to show off the habit.

Positive mlporiginals On Aug 24, 2012, mlporiginals from Andover, MN wrote:

I have many hostas (over 100) and other shade plants in my garden and Lilberty is one of my absolute favorites. It is gorgeous. Minnesota has very cold and dreary winters, when Liberty pops out of the ground, its a celebration!

Positive mcintoshcd On May 14, 2011, mcintoshcd from Accokeek, MD (Zone 7a) wrote:

Liberty Hostas have been a great performer. They're a little pricey but well worth it. They really standout in the garden. Our little trick to make them so large is to stick a houseplant fertilizer spike at the base of the stem when they emerge in the spring.

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

Plant Patent #12531 - Expiry Date: 11/17/2019


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

Somers, Connecticut
Lawrenceville, Georgia
Marietta, Georgia
Chicago, Illinois
Nilwood, Illinois
Sioux City, Iowa
Topeka, Kansas
Accokeek, Maryland
Waldorf, Maryland
Royal Oak, Michigan
Andover, Minnesota
Excelsior, Minnesota
Bedford, New Hampshire
Kingston, New Hampshire
Cape May Court House, New Jersey
Schenectady, New York
Cincinnati, Ohio
Glouster, Ohio
Norristown, Pennsylvania
Eau Claire, Wisconsin
Marion, Wisconsin

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