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PlantFiles: Hosta
Hosta 'Risky Business'

Family: Liliaceae (lil-ee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Hosta (HOSS-tuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Risky Business
Hybridized by Hansen/Avent; Year of Registration or Introduction: 2002

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Plant Size (check one):
Medium (leaf 25-81 square inches; plant 10-18 tall)

24-36 in. (60-90 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:
Unknown - Tell us

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):

Leaf Texture (bottom):
Glaucous Bloom

Leaf Substance:
Unknown - Tell us

Leaf Color:
Pure White

Color of Leaf Margin:
Medium Green

Number of Vein Pairs:
Fewer than 9

Appearance of Margin:
Flat/Nearly Flat

Margin Width:
1 1/2" - 2

Bloom Time:

Flower Shape:

Flower Fragrance:
No fragrance

Does it set seed?:
Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:
Medium Lavender

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1 positive
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive rcn48 On Jan 29, 2007, rcn48 from Lexington, VA (Zone 6a) wrote:

'Risky Business' has been an extremely vigorous Hosta for us, tripled in size after 2 years. Nice clean foliage with excellent contrast of rich green and white variegation.

Neutral jody On Aug 18, 2004, jody from MD &, VA (Zone 7b) wrote:

Leaf size: 7" long, 5.5" wide. Flower scapes 27". Sport of H. Striptease. H. Hansen/T. Avent 2002.


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

Mentone, Alabama
Marietta, Georgia
Cherry Valley, Illinois
Pontiac, Illinois
Greenville, Indiana
Cape May Court House, New Jersey
Jamesburg, New Jersey
Glouster, Ohio
Red Rock, Ontario
Mount Hood Parkdale, Oregon
Lexington, Virginia

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