Hosta 'Guacamole'


Family: Liliaceae (lil-ee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Hosta (HOSS-tuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Guacamole
Hybridized by Solberg
Registered or introduced: 1994
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Plant Size (check one):

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

Sun Exposure:

Light Shade

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:


Seed Collecting:

Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed

Growing Habit:


Growth Rate:


Leaf Shape:

Broadly Ovate

Leaf Appearance:


Degree to which the appearance is present:


Leaf Texture (top):

Very Shiny

Leaf Texture (bottom):


Leaf Substance:

4 (Above Average)

Leaf Color:

Medium Green

Color of Leaf Margin:

Medium Green

Number of Vein Pairs:

12 to 15

Appearance of Margin:

Flat/Nearly Flat

Margin Width:

1/2" - 1"

Bloom Time:


Flower Shape:


Flower Fragrance:

Very Fragrant

Does it set seed?:

Yes; seed is viable

Bloom Color:

Near White

Pale Lavender

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Flowers are fragrant

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Grow outdoors year-round in hardiness zone

Can be grown as an annual


This plant is said to grow outdoors in the following regions:

Mc Calla, Alabama

Meridianville, Alabama

Tuskegee, Alabama

Paradise, California

Bonifay, Florida

Ruskin, Florida

Atlanta, Georgia

Augusta, Georgia

Cordele, Georgia

Dacula, Georgia

Lawrenceville, Georgia

Marietta, Georgia

Chicago, Illinois

Machesney Park, Illinois

Nilwood, Illinois

Peoria, Illinois

Washington, Illinois

Elberfeld, Indiana

Elkhart, Iowa

Oskaloosa, Iowa

Sioux Center, Iowa

Tracy, Iowa

Topeka, Kansas

Wichita, Kansas

Durham, Maine

South Berwick, Maine

Dracut, Massachusetts

Marlborough, Massachusetts

Grand Rapids, Michigan

Plainwell, Michigan

Royal Oak, Michigan

Minneapolis, Minnesota(2 reports)

New Ulm, Minnesota

Stewart, Minnesota

Jackson, Mississippi

Madison, Mississippi

Cape May Court House, New Jersey

Metuchen, New Jersey

Greene, New York

Pittsford, New York

Southold, New York

Woodstock, New York

Black Mountain, North Carolina

Elkin, North Carolina

Winston Salem, North Carolina

Belfield, North Dakota

Fargo, North Dakota

Medora, North Dakota

Coshocton, Ohio

Fremont, Ohio

Glouster, Ohio

North Olmsted, Ohio

Orrville, Ohio

Orangeville, Ontario


Portland, Oregon(2 reports)

Salem, Oregon

Coopersburg, Pennsylvania

Mercer, Pennsylvania

Norristown, Pennsylvania

Lincoln, Rhode Island

Newport, Rhode Island

North Augusta, South Carolina

Aberdeen, South Dakota

Christiana, Tennessee

Austin, Texas

Flower Mound, Texas

Garland, Texas

Houston, Texas(2 reports)

San Antonio, Texas

Lexington, Virginia

Linden, Virginia

Norfolk, Virginia

Richmond, Virginia

Camas, Washington

Kalama, Washington

Huntington, West Virginia

Dallas, Wisconsin

Eau Claire, Wisconsin

Franklin, Wisconsin

Madison, Wisconsin

Marion, Wisconsin

Oconomowoc, Wisconsin

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Gardeners' Notes:


On May 3, 2017, cam223 from North Olmsted, OH wrote:

I've had Guacamole for over 10 years. Only negative is it
tends to revert back to an all green leaf. I have to cut out
those crowns. It is a fast grower.


On Sep 5, 2013, punkywi from Dallas, WI (Zone 3b) wrote:

i have had this plant 3 years now and every year I like it more. It is huge - more than big enough to hide my bleeding hearts as they go dormant. And you cannot beat the fragrance and number of blooms! Incredible! I have them on my table all the time. Very hardy. Grows on the north side of my garage and takes the northern wisconsin winter wind.


On Jun 21, 2013, alclubb from Flower Mound, TX wrote:

I currently have three Guacamole Hostas in my shade garden. Because mine are planted under an area that is really a tree canopy, they probably don't get as big as I would like, but they have done well in our hot Texas summers. I love the color of these hostas. They really stand out in the dense shade. I really don't have anything negative to say about this plant. I love them.


On May 9, 2012, TLynnK from (Zone 7b) wrote:

Beautiful, subtle coloring for shade/partial shade gardens. Planted several small plants last month & can't believe how big and beautiful they've become - nearly triple in size. Great space fillers, tall and full. I hope they last all summer.
(Update June 7, 2012. Guacamole is now my favorite hosta. Big, gorgeous & healthy. Mixed among various standard white/cream & yellow margin hostas, Guacamole's soft, medium green margins w/ bright, cheerful, broad lime green centers is a nice visual break for the eye. Very much brightens the garden. It's large sweeping leaves & even, upright "fountain" form is full & lush. Also, economically a good buy as it takes few plants to quickly fill large shade garden spaces. Highly recommend this variety. I love this plant.)


On Feb 28, 2012, Gabrielle from (Zone 5a) wrote:

One of my favorite hostas. Nice color and streaking. Blooms August-September in my garden.


On Jun 23, 2011, ogon from Paradise, CA (Zone 9a) wrote:

Another one of my favorite hostas! Large glocous leaves with green edges, and a nice, tight growth form. The pretty white flowers contrast nicely with the folliage, and this guy is an early bloomer. Deer and slug resistant so far, it can also handle some direct sun and lots of heat with no problem. An all around beautiful and very easy hosta!


On Feb 23, 2011, pointgarden from Newport, RI wrote:

Strong grower,nice fragrance,clear white flower and somewhat slug resistant.I grow mine in dappled shade.


On Aug 11, 2009, Marlina from Blaine, MN (Zone 4b) wrote:

I just planted this last year in a place that they never seem to come back from but this did the first winter and is thriving.I can't wait to see it bloom from reading the comments i am really excited about this one.


On May 29, 2009, tscarff from Jackson, MS wrote:

Nothing negative about this hosta. Absolutely stunning in color and form. Takes more sun than most hostas.


On May 1, 2005, margaretx from Houston, TX (Zone 9b) wrote:

I'm on the Tx Gulf Coast and Guacamole vanished from my yard over the winter. Several others have returned but not this one. I was bummed.


On Mar 22, 2005, joyceh from Stewart, MN (Zone 4a) wrote:

This is a vigorous plant and very attractive, takes a lot of sun. This is one worth having.


On May 18, 2003, bryanvac from Minneapolis, MN wrote:

A great hosta for your collection. Who would think a hosta would produce great cut flowers. The flower stocks are tall and filled with large fragrant flowers like tiny lilies. They are pure white and you smell them every time you walk by them in the house or outside. The leaf coloring is great, it makes this hosta really stand out.


On Apr 26, 2003, akitakitty from Gonzales, LA wrote:

i have had a lot of hostas and this one is probably my favorite. the two-tone leaves are beautiful and this hosta seems to reach mature size quicker than most. it will take tons of sun, even afternoon, but give it water frequently. and the flowers are beautiful and smell heavenly. you can't go wrong with this hosta.


On Jan 20, 2003, HummerRachel from Cornwall, ON (Zone 5b) wrote:

A wonderful, very fast grower. Yes the fragrance is awesome and the hummingbirds are drawn to this one like sugar. Will take a great deal of sun without showing stress (water accordingly of course). If your just starting your collection, definately include this one.


On Aug 11, 2002, smiln32 from Oklahoma City, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

Beautiful, shiny leaves. Gorgeous bright green color. Love this one!

Vigorous sport of 'Fragrant Bouquet'. Colors best in some sun. Flowers are very fragrant. 2002 Hosta of the Year.


On Jul 28, 2002, jody from MD &, VA (Zone 7b) wrote:

Flowers are white on 30"-40" scapes. Registered by Bob Solberg 1994. Sport of Fragrant Bouquet.


On May 6, 2002, Greenwood from Bonifay, FL (Zone 8a) wrote:

One of the easy to grow and a very pretty hosta