Hosta 'Golden Tiara'


Family: Liliaceae (lil-ee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Hosta (HOSS-tuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Golden Tiara
Hybridized by Savory
Registered or introduced: 1977
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Plant Size (check one):

Medium (leaf 25-81 square inches; plant 10-18 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)

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

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade

Light Shade

Partial to Full Shade

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

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:


Degree to which the appearance is present:


Leaf Texture (top):

Slightly Shiny

Leaf Texture (bottom):

Slightly Shiny

Leaf Substance:

3 (Average)

Leaf Color:

Medium Green

Color of Leaf Margin:

Pale Yellow


Golden Yellow

Number of Vein Pairs:

Fewer than 9

Appearance of Margin:

Flat/Nearly Flat

Margin Width:

1/8" - 1/4"

1/4" - 1/2"

Bloom Time:


Flower Shape:


Flower Fragrance:

No fragrance

Does it set seed?:

Yes; seed is viable

Bloom Color:

Pale Lavender

Medium Lavender

Pale Purple

Foliage Color:


Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

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:

, (2 reports)

Montgomery, Alabama

Jonesboro, Arkansas

Sacramento, California

Golden, Colorado

Oxford, Connecticut

Bonifay, Florida

Jacksonville, Florida

Dacula, Georgia

Marietta, Georgia

Itasca, Illinois

Nilwood, Illinois

Palatine, Illinois

Peoria, Illinois

Pontiac, Illinois

Washington, Illinois

Greenville, Indiana

Clermont, Iowa

Inwood, Iowa

Oskaloosa, Iowa

Sioux Center, Iowa

Tiffin, Iowa

Barbourville, Kentucky

Mount Sterling, Kentucky

Edgewater, Maryland

Hopkinton, Massachusetts

Middleton, Massachusetts

Flushing, Michigan

Grand Rapids, Michigan

Port Sanilac, Michigan

Royal Oak, Michigan

Traverse City, Michigan

Avon, Minnesota

Minneapolis, Minnesota

New Ulm, Minnesota

Saint Cloud, Minnesota

Saint Paul, Minnesota

Brunswick, Missouri

Saint Louis, Missouri

Omaha, Nebraska

Auburn, New Hampshire

Manchester, New Hampshire

Cape May Court House, New Jersey

Jamesburg, New Jersey

South Plainfield, New Jersey

Eden, New York

Greene, New York

Jefferson, New York

Rochester, New York

Suffern, New York

Cary, North Carolina

Garner, North Carolina

Raleigh, North Carolina

Belfield, North Dakota

Cincinnati, Ohio

Coshocton, Ohio

Galloway, Ohio

Glouster, Ohio

Salem, Oregon

Coopersburg, Pennsylvania

Mercer, Pennsylvania

Mount Holly Springs, Pennsylvania

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Reynoldsville, Pennsylvania

Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania

Ladys Island, South Carolina

North Augusta, South Carolina

Christiana, Tennessee

Crossville, Tennessee

Iron City, Tennessee

Austin, Texas

Colmesneil, Texas

Richmond, Texas

Big Stone Gap, Virginia

Broadway, Virginia

Lexington, Virginia

Linden, Virginia

Richmond, Virginia

East Port Orchard, Washington

Kalama, Washington

Buffalo, West Virginia

Newell, West Virginia

Birchwood, Wisconsin

Eau Claire, Wisconsin

Ellsworth, Wisconsin

Madison, Wisconsin

Ontario, Wisconsin

Racine, Wisconsin

Twin Lakes, Wisconsin

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Apr 15, 2015, SavvyDaze from Lady's Island, SC (Zone 8b) wrote:

This hosta definitely brightens up any shady area. Besides its bright color, what I love most about it is that it comes out of dormancy very early (Mid- March) here in coastal South Carolina. By mid-April, it is a nice full mound which hides the bare spots behind them where other plants are slower to break dormancy. I haven't had snail/slug issues with Golden Tiara as I have had with other hostas. I have noticed that it does need consistent moist soil to look its best, especially if it receives any midday or afternoon sun. Thus, I water it every other day.


On Sep 19, 2014, anelson from Birchwood, WI (Zone 3b) wrote:

This is a workhorse Hosta. The just keeps going in more shade or less shade, getting bigger and producing a plant that can be divided to provide one with more hosta. It's also a nice neat appearance.


On Jul 6, 2012, Prunerman from Middleton, MA wrote:

What a nice hosta! Small, beautiful, intense dark green/light green colors, strong, twisted structure, nice mounding, dark purple flowers. It doesn't grow as fast as I'd like it to, but that just makes it so unique.


On Jul 3, 2011, BadgerJim from Eau Claire, WI wrote:

Wow. I wanted all the giants and fancy hostas. I have a large garden space to fill. This hosta was for sale at a residence selling perennials. I bought this little guy without knowing anything about it last summer. Naturally I split the eyes into three plants. This year all three are twice as big as the original plant. They receive plenty of sun most of the day and still look great. I'm was very surprised with my non-giant that grows like a champ.


On Apr 29, 2011, CptnRn from Austin, TX wrote:

In need of shade plants, I bought several of these. I was very pleased that they tripled in size and bloomed in only a few weeks. They look very healthy it is April and I'm watering them 3 times a week since they are pretty new. I hope they survive the summer here in Austin, TX with less water. The flowers are white rather then lavender as described above.


On Jun 19, 2009, eclecticLC from Oskaloosa, IA wrote:

This little hosta was given to me by my sister-in-law a few years ago and I have divided it numerous times and have even sold several. I have it several places in my yard as it is small enough to go just about anywhere. I even have it in pots under a pergola. Great plant, can't say enough positives.


On Jan 17, 2008, Gabrielle from (Zone 5a) wrote:

AKA Hosta nakaiana 'Golden Tiara'. Blooms July - September in my garden.


On Apr 3, 2007, BShea from Austin, TX wrote:

A friend who owns a local plant nursery, says Hostas are eaten by slugs in Austin, TX, so he won't even sell them. I'd like to give it a go anyway so bought a few somewhere else (Golden Tiara, actually). Lovely foliage and I'm in need of shade loving plants for a new boundary bed.


On Jan 21, 2006, Joan from Belfield, ND (Zone 4a) wrote:

Originator: Robert P. Savory 1977

1994 Alex J. Summers Distinguished Merit Award


On May 1, 2005, kdjoergensen from Waxhaw (Charlotte), NC (Zone 7b) wrote:

One of my favorite hostas. Great coloring and excellent growth habit. also early to leaf out.


On Jan 9, 2005, lmelling from Ithaca, NY (Zone 5b) wrote:

Fast growing to a medium sized 16" high by 39" wide mound. Leaves are 4.25" long by 3/5" wide, ovate and slighly wavy with a slight corregation at maturity; they have a 1/8" to 3/4" wide, chartreuse to gold margin (gold color is brighter in bright light), with a medium green center. The underside is shiny; average substance with 7-8 vein pairs. Flowers are pale purple in deep shade to medium purple in light; funnel shaped on scapes 25-34" tall. Prolific flowering and will sometimes rebloom if scapes are removed just after flowering.


On Jan 8, 2005, mickgene from Linden, VA (Zone 6a) wrote:

Full sun, part shade, or full shade - I've used this hosta in all and it never fails to perform well. It hasn't burned or faded in full sun and still retains the chartreuse coloration. It spreads quickly and becomes impressive in only a few years.


On Jul 3, 2004, roseofkaren from Palatine, IL (Zone 5a) wrote:

My favorite hosta--it has a lovely chartreuse color, and it does not seem to be bothered by any leaf eating pests.


On Sep 15, 2002, Bull70 wrote:

Partial Shade groundcover


On Aug 19, 2002, Greenwood from Bonifay, FL (Zone 8a) wrote:

The leaves are attractive and growth is fast, flowers heavy. This makes it well used in my garden.