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PlantFiles: Hosta
Hosta montana 'Aureomarginata'

Family: Liliaceae (lil-ee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Hosta (HOSS-tuh) (Info)
Species: montana (MON-tah-nuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Aureomarginata
Registered or introduced: 1987

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

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):
Very Shiny

Leaf Substance:
2 (Good)

Leaf Color:
Medium Green

Color of Leaf Margin:
Golden Yellow

Number of Vein Pairs:
12 to 15

Appearance of Margin:
Slightly Rippled

Margin Width:
1" - 1 1/2"
1 1/2" - 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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2 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive sanannie On Nov 12, 2006, sanannie from White Lake, ON (Zone 4b) wrote:

High marks for this one as it always looks attractive and the slugs don't bother it. I love this hosta.

Positive lmelling On Jan 1, 2005, lmelling from Ithaca, NY (Zone 5b) wrote:

Large, vase shaped mound of gold-margined foliage. Emerges early and grows to 27" by 68". Leaves are 15" long by 8.25 wide with a 1-2" variable bright gold margin that often streaks into the shiny medium green center. The margin gradually fades to chartreuse if grown in deep shade or can bleach to white with direct sunlight. Slightly shiny underside; ovate to oblong-elliptic, arching blade that has a deeply lobed, puckered base and a pointed, downwardly curved tip, slightly wavy throughout blade. Leaves are faintly corregated at maturity; no reddish purple dots on petiole; good substance. 14-15 vein pairs.

It is sometimes easy to confuse H. 'Montana aureomarginata' with H. 'Fortunei aureomarginata' at first glance - I did it myself when first uploading a picture here. Once I'd see the picture in contrast with the others present and was able to look at the leaves closely - I knew I'd made a mistake! But the leaves of H. Montana are longer, have more vein pairs, more streaking of the leaves, and have a slightly different overall shape than H.Fortunei.

Neutral jody On Jan 11, 2003, jody from MD &, VA (Zone 7b) wrote:

Flower scapes 47". AHS 1987.


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

Montgomery, Alabama
Rough And Ready, California
Suffield, Connecticut
Cordele, Georgia
Lawrenceville, Georgia
Marietta, Georgia
Sioux Center, Iowa
Acton, Massachusetts
Lexington, Massachusetts
Royal Oak, Michigan
Traverse City, Michigan
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Savage, Minnesota
Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Ithaca, New York
Medora, North Dakota
Franklin, Ohio
Glouster, Ohio
Norristown, Pennsylvania
Sharon, Tennessee
Lexington, Virginia
Kalama, Washington
Eau Claire, Wisconsin
Lake Delton, Wisconsin
Marion, Wisconsin

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