Hosta 'Loyalist'


Family: Liliaceae (lil-ee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Hosta (HOSS-tuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Loyalist
Hybridized by Bos-Falstad
Registered or introduced: 1998
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Plant Size (check one):

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


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

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)

Sun Exposure:

Light Shade

Partial to Full Shade

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:

2 (Good)

Leaf Color:

Dark Green

Greenish-yellow (Chartreuse)

Pure White

Color of Leaf Margin:

Dark Green

Number of Vein Pairs:

Fewer than 9

Appearance of Margin:

Slightly Rippled

Margin Width:

1/64" - 1/32"

1/32" - 1/16"

1/16" - 1/8"

1/8" - 1/4"

1/4" - 1/2"

1/2" - 1"

1" - 1 1/2"

Bloom Time:


Flower Shape:


Flower Fragrance:

No fragrance

Does it set seed?:

Yes; seed is viable

Bloom Color:

Near White

Medium Lavender

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:


Springdale, Arkansas

Marietta, Georgia

Machesney Park, Illinois

Peoria, Illinois

Elberfeld, Indiana

Wenham, Massachusetts

Royal Oak, Michigan (2 reports)

Scottville, Michigan

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Litchfield, New Hampshire

Cape May Court House, New Jersey

Pittsboro, North Carolina

Belfield, North Dakota

Akron, Ohio

Coshocton, Ohio

Glouster, Ohio

North Augusta, South Carolina

Lexington, Virginia

Portsmouth, Virginia

Bellevue, Washington

Eau Claire, Wisconsin

Marion, Wisconsin

Mequon, Wisconsin

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jul 9, 2012, LiquidFeet from Wenham, MA wrote:

This is a stunningly colored hosta that I bought three seasons ago. The center is an icy cold white and the margin is dark green. The edge between the two colors is sharp. None of my other hostas has such a dramatic contrast between its center and margin. My little plant has grown slowly and still is somewhat small. Perhaps it will take off next year.

Last fall it bloomed and set seed, which I collected and germinated this spring. Every one of the seedlings came up yellow and I was thrilled- lots of yellow hostas for free!! But they have all turned totally white and without any green in them they are all shrivelling up and dying. It looks like I got totally white hostas from these seeds, but they are not going to survive.


On Jan 8, 2005, lmelling from Ithaca, NY (Zone 5b) wrote:

Sport of 'Patriot' but with reverse variegation and heavier substance. The leaf margin is deep green and the leaf center is nearly pure white and not prone to melting out. Lavender flowers on creamy white scapes. Van Eijk-Bos/Falstad 1998