Hosta 'Elegans'

Hosta sieboldiana

Family: Liliaceae (lil-ee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Hosta (HOSS-tuh) (Info)
Species: sieboldiana (see-bold-ee-AH-nuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Elegans
Additional cultivar information:(aka Blue Hearts, Fortunei Robusta)
Hybridized by Schmid
Registered or introduced: 1991
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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)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

Sun Exposure:

Light Shade

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:


Seed Collecting:

Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed

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):

Glaucous Bloom

Leaf Texture (bottom):

Glaucous Bloom

Leaf Substance:

1 (Thick)

Leaf Color:

Intensely Blue-Green

Color of Leaf Margin:

No margin

Number of Vein Pairs:

16 to 18

Appearance of Margin:

Margin Width:

No margin

Bloom Time:


Flower Shape:


Flower Fragrance:

No fragrance

Does it set seed?:

Yes; seed is viable

Bloom Color:

Pure White

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


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

Chelsea, Alabama

Dothan, Alabama

Enterprise, Alabama

Jonesboro, Arkansas

Dublin, California

San Francisco, California

Clifton, Colorado

Hamden, Connecticut

West Haven, Connecticut

Washington, District of Columbia

Bonifay, Florida

Alpharetta, Georgia

Augusta, Georgia

Lawrenceville, Georgia

Marietta, Georgia

Royston, Georgia

Nilwood, Illinois

Washington, Illinois

Woodridge, Illinois

Elberfeld, Indiana

Granger, Indiana

Shawnee Mission, Kansas

Henderson, Kentucky

Slidell, Louisiana

Adamstown, Maryland

Hagerstown, Maryland

Boxford, Massachusetts

Hopkinton, Massachusetts

Lexington, Massachusetts

Rochdale, Massachusetts

Bellaire, Michigan

Dearborn Heights, Michigan

Plainwell, Michigan

Royal Oak, Michigan

Traverse City, Michigan

Minneapolis, Minnesota

New Ulm, Minnesota

Madison, Mississippi

Natchez, Mississippi

Moberly, Missouri

Billings, Montana

Cape May Court House, New Jersey

Alden, New York

Croton On Hudson, New York

Granville, New York

Greene, New York(2 reports)

Ithaca, New York

Rochester, New York

Wallkill, New York

Kernersville, North Carolina

Pittsboro, North Carolina

Raleigh, North Carolina

Wilmington, North Carolina

Medora, North Dakota

Cincinnati, Ohio

Galloway, Ohio

Glouster, Ohio

Portland, Oregon

Salem, Oregon

Norristown, Pennsylvania

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Pottstown, Pennsylvania

Newport, Rhode Island

Inman, South Carolina

Sumter, South Carolina

Christiana, Tennessee

Rockwood, Tennessee

Toone, Tennessee

Colmesneil, Texas

Decatur, Texas

Hereford, Texas

Houston, Texas

Rowlett, Texas

Farmington, Utah

Big Stone Gap, Virginia

Leesburg, Virginia

Newport News, Virginia

Oakton, Virginia

Portsmouth, Virginia

Richlands, Virginia

Bainbridge Island, Washington

Kalama, Washington

Newport, Washington

Olympia, Washington

Charleston, West Virginia

Appleton, Wisconsin

Augusta, Wisconsin

Dodgeville, Wisconsin

Eau Claire, Wisconsin

Marion, Wisconsin

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Verona, Wisconsin

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jun 19, 2015, DaylilySLP from Dearborn Heights, MI (Zone 6a) wrote:

From The Hostapedia by Mark Zilis (2009):
The species (now cultivar) was named for plant explorer Robert Fortune.


On Jul 20, 2014, joraines from Inman, SC wrote:

This Hosta was not happy in a partially sunny location so I moved it to a shadier section of our pond in consistently moist soil. It has been very happy there and has grown to at least three feet wide in about four years. I have read that the blue hosta's dislike our hot, humid summers but this one doesn't seem to suffer in those conditions. I love it.


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

Verry strong grower with thickly substanced leaves,not prone to slug damage,give this one lots of room.


On Mar 15, 2008, MeNaTree from Chelsea, AL (Zone 7b) wrote:

This is the first hosta I've ever tried to grow. It's a beautiful blue-green plant with tall spikes of 12 to 15 blooms. The flowers are gorgeous, also.


On Oct 28, 2006, Jax4ever from Boxford, MA (Zone 6a) wrote:

Old standard for a very good reason! Mine live under a pine tree where nothing but mushrooms will grow. It defies the occasional munching of the deer by putting forth even more vigorous growth, and it laughs at slugs.


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

One of my first hostas. Large rounded, corregated, blue-gray leaves with white flowers in July. I have divded mine several times over the last 6 years and have several growing at various locations throughout my gardens. This one seems to show the best leaf color in partial to full shade. Will tolerate both very moist soil (full sun/partial shade), and dryer (loamy) soil in the shade with only partial dappled sunlight.

Very easy to grow. I've seen no problems with slugs, even in very wet years. This is a large hosta growing to 30"+ and 36" wide. For use in backgrounds, or as a specimen. Have had success with growing this in full sun (moist soil) in rocks above my pond.


On Sep 7, 2004, BingsBell from SC, MT (Zone 5a) wrote:

Beautiful large hosta that gets bigger each year in every way. One never misses it when looking at a garden from a distance.


On Jul 27, 2003, Rotella wrote:

Very rapid grower. The leaf size dramatically increased in the second year after planting. Grows well in Toronto area.


On Jul 2, 2003, dejavu from Rochester, NY wrote:

Gets bigger every year. A beautiful specimen in my shady area.


On May 17, 2002, sumi wrote:

Although it is an "old standard", under the proper conditions this is still one of the most beautiful hostas available. Can be found at most garden centers.


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

This hosta is easy to grow and is the standard by all blue-green hosta are judged. It has large mound of heavily corrugated blue-green foliage with near white flowers.