Hosta 'Royal Standard'


Family: Liliaceae (lil-ee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Hosta (HOSS-tuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Royal Standard
Hybridized by Grulleman-Wayside-AHS
Registered or introduced: 1964
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Plant Size (check one):

Large (leaf 81-144 square inches; plant 18-28 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)

Sun Exposure:

Light Shade

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:


Seed Collecting:

N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

Growing Habit:


Growth Rate:


Leaf Shape:


Leaf Appearance:



Degree to which the appearance is present:


Leaf Texture (top):

Very Shiny

Leaf Texture (bottom):

Slightly Shiny

Leaf Substance:

3 (Average)

Leaf Color:

Medium Green

Color of Leaf Margin:

Medium Green

Number of Vein Pairs:

Fewer than 9

Appearance of Margin:

Slightly Rippled

Margin Width:

No margin

Bloom Time:


Flower Shape:


Flower Fragrance:

Slightly Fragrant

Does it set seed?:

Yes; seed is not viable

Bloom Color:

Pure White

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Flowers are fragrant

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


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


Montgomery, Alabama

Juneau, Alaska

Malvern, Arkansas

Oxford, Connecticut

Bonifay, Florida

Albany, Georgia

Barnesville, Georgia

Cleveland, Georgia

Marietta, Georgia

Caseyville, Illinois

Machesney Park, Illinois

Nilwood, Illinois

Northbrook, Illinois

Washington, Illinois

Indianapolis, Indiana

Macy, Indiana

Dubuque, Iowa

Inwood, Iowa

Mechanicsville, Iowa

Clay Center, Kansas

Hebron, Kentucky

Henderson, Kentucky

Baker, Louisiana

Durham, Maine

Sumner, Maine

Easton, Maryland

Adrian, Michigan

Dearborn Heights, Michigan

Royal Oak, Michigan (2 reports)

South Lyon, Michigan

Traverse City, Michigan

Albertville, Minnesota

Andover, Minnesota

Braham, Minnesota

Minneapolis, Minnesota (2 reports)

New Ulm, Minnesota

Joplin, Missouri

Saint Louis, Missouri

Lothair, Montana

Murray, Nebraska

Omaha, Nebraska

Munsonville, New Hampshire

Rindge, New Hampshire

Cape May Court House, New Jersey

Freehold, New Jersey

Greene, New York

Suffern, New York

Pittsboro, North Carolina

Belfield, North Dakota

Medora, North Dakota

Cincinnati, Ohio

Dublin, Ohio

Mill City, Oregon

Portland, Oregon

Coopersburg, Pennsylvania

Glen Mills, Pennsylvania

Mount Holly Springs, Pennsylvania

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

North Augusta, South Carolina

Middleton, Tennessee

Westmoreland, Tennessee

Colmesneil, Texas

Magna, Utah

Big Stone Gap, Virginia

Lexington, Virginia

Norfolk, Virginia

Portsmouth, Virginia

Olympia, Washington

Madison, Wisconsin (2 reports)

Marion, Wisconsin

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Apr 8, 2015, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

This is one of the most popular of hosta cultivars. It is often referred to as if it were a cultivar of the August lily (H. plantaginea), but it is really a hybrid. Its flowers are much smaller than those of that species, and though it is fragrant, its fragrance does not carry as far on the air. Its foliage is undistinguished. Its virtues are those of H. plantaginea, but in most important ways it's inferior to it.

It astonishes me that people are sold it in such tremendous numbers, when they could grow H. plantaginea instead.


On Aug 13, 2012, weedsfree from Magna, UT (Zone 7a) wrote:

This one tolerates morning and evening sun and heat well without the leaves frying. Stays green too. Only thing that bothers it is wind. The wind cuts up the leaves easily.


On Jun 30, 2009, audrebytes from South Lyon, MI (Zone 5a) wrote:

I really love this variant - the mature specimen is truly spectacular. Mine is a 3 foot tall, 5 foot wide mound of bright green leaves that really is a show-stopper.

The only thing I might add is that apparently EARWIGS like it too, in addition to the slugs and snails. This isn't a waxy hosta, so be prepared to fend off the bugs looking for the salad bar.


On Aug 12, 2008, violabird from Barnesville, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

This is one hosta I'll never be without. I've been growing 'Royal' for years and has survived our droughts. I have no slugs or snail problems with mine, give it very little water or food and it always rewards me.

I'm surprised to see notes that the blooms are only 'slightly fragrant', mine have a rich lily-like scent that fills my hillside garden each August.


On May 6, 2008, Gabrielle from (Zone 5a) wrote:

a.k.a. Hosta plantaginea 'Royal Standard'


On Jul 10, 2007, Jennie_in_MT from Lothair, MT (Zone 4a) wrote:

Looking beautiful this summer!


On Jul 12, 2005, fluffygrue from Manchester,
United Kingdom (Zone 8a) wrote:

My snails seem to adore this plant, even though it's growing in a container. Will see if it manages to get going or if they kill it completely..


On Apr 21, 2004, PureEnergy from Orlando, FL wrote:

I have been growing Royal Standard Hostas in the full (northern exposure) sun and partial shade for over 10 years in Florida, first in Leesburg (Zone 9a) for over 5 years and in Orlando (Zone 9b) for 5 years. They are wonderfully fragrant, bloom profusely twice a year and I have had blooms as early as March. The only downside is the same problem up north - snails and slugs. They need consistant watering and I baby them but they are worth it.
Pure Energy


On Aug 30, 2002, FL_Gator from Dunnellon, FL (Zone 8b) wrote:

ROYAL STANDARD is one of very few Hostas that can be grown in Zone 8b Florida. Here, it makes two flushes of bloom, with the second coming as the last flowers of the first flush fade. I have it in filtered shade under a fairly large Redbud Tree, and it has done very well for me.


On Aug 9, 2002, jody from MD &, VA (Zone 7b) wrote:

Very fast growing, and produces a large number of fragrant flowers. Mine tolerates a couple hours of direct morning sun and looks great. Scapes get about 30"-40" high.


On Aug 7, 2002, smiln32 from Oklahoma City, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

Beautiful foliage...shiny green leaves. Transplants well and slugs/bugs aren't especially attracted to it.


On May 5, 2002, Greenwood from Bonifay, FL (Zone 8a) wrote:

Royal Standard is a fast growing hosta that can take some sun and has attractive foliage. The plant in the pix shows some sport leaf and RS has many recognize sports. Was introduced in to the mail order trade in1964.