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Hosta 'Kabitan'

Hosta sieboldii

Family: Liliaceae (lil-ee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Hosta (HOSS-tuh) (Info)
Species: sieboldii (see-BOLD-ee-eye) (Info)
Cultivar: Kabitan
Additional cultivar information:(aka Ogon Waisei)
Hybridized by Maekawa-AHS
Registered or introduced: 1987
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Plant Size (check one):

Small (leaf 6.0-25 square inches; plant 6-10 tall)


18-24 in. (45-60 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:

Unknown - Tell us

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:


Leaf Appearance:


Degree to which the appearance is present:


Leaf Texture (top):

Slightly Shiny

Leaf Texture (bottom):

Slightly Shiny

Leaf Substance:

5 (Thin)

Leaf Color:

Greenish-yellow (Chartreuse)

Color of Leaf Margin:

Medium Green

Number of Vein Pairs:

Fewer than 9

Appearance of Margin:

Slightly Rippled

Margin Width:

1/16" - 1/8"

1/8" - 1/4"

Bloom Time:


Flower Shape:


Flower Fragrance:

No fragrance

Does it set seed?:

Yes; seed is viable

Bloom Color:

Pale Purple

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 has been said to grow in the following regions:

Marietta, Georgia

Machesney Park, Illinois

Mount Prospect, Illinois

Iowa City, Iowa

Cape May Court House, New Jersey

Burlington, North Carolina

Elizabeth City, North Carolina

Pittsboro, North Carolina

Belfield, North Dakota

Glouster, Ohio

Norristown, Pennsylvania

Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania (2 reports)

Murfreesboro, Tennessee

Leesburg, Virginia

Bellevue, Washington

Buffalo, West Virginia

Augusta, Wisconsin

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Sep 8, 2003, ktiff from east of Toronto, ON (Zone 6a) wrote:

My Kabitan is over 10 years old, at present it measures nearly 2'x2' and stands over 1 foot high, and I have given away many "pieces" of it. Very colourful plant but slugs and earwigs like it better than any other Hosta I own, including F.albomarginata undulata.Egg shells, Dio, coffee grinds etc. don't act as much of a deterrence. Some bleaching in part sun in August here in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.


On Aug 4, 2002, smiln32 from Oklahoma City, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

Neat, neat hosta. Grows fairly quickly and is easily divided. Slugs and bugs seem to like it a bit, though.