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PlantFiles: Hosta
Hosta ventricosa 'Aureo-maculata'

Family: Liliaceae (lil-ee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Hosta (HOSS-tuh) (Info)
Species: ventricosa (ven-tre-KO-suh) (Info)
Cultivar: Aureo-maculata

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

9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)

Sun Exposure:
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:

Leaf Appearance:
Unknown - Tell us

Degree to which the appearance is present:

Leaf Texture (top):

Leaf Texture (bottom):
Slightly Shiny

Leaf Substance:
3 (Average)

Leaf Color:
Medium Green

Color of Leaf Margin:
Medium Blue-Green

Number of Vein Pairs:
9 to 11

Appearance of Margin:
Slightly Rippled

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

Bloom Time:

Flower Shape:

Flower Fragrance:
Slightly Fragrant

Does it set seed?:
Yes; seed is viable

Bloom Color:
Pale Purple

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By keno
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2 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive outdoorlover On Jun 7, 2013, outdoorlover from Enid, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

It grows very well in my garden. I divided it this year after a very successful transplant 2 years ago.

Positive sanannie On Dec 16, 2008, sanannie from White Lake, ON (Zone 4b) wrote:

A natural sport of the species ventricosa.

Although I normally go for thicker substance hostas, this one's spring colours always makes me do a double take and has earned a place in my garden. It fades to all green by mid July here (zone 4b) but it's a lovely dark, shiny green.

I've placed it where it gets a few hours of morning sun and bright shade the rest of the day and it is happy and growing well. I have found it to be a good increaser.


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

Slidell, Louisiana
Royal Oak, Michigan
Traverse City, Michigan
Greene, New York
Pittsboro, North Carolina
Enid, Oklahoma
Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania

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