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Hosta 'Pandora's Box'


Family: Liliaceae (lil-ee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Hosta (HOSS-tuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Pandora's Box
Hybridized by Hansen-Shady Oaks Nursery
Registered or introduced: 1996
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Plant Size (check one):

Miniature (leaf 2.0-6.0 square inches; plant 4-6 tall)


6-9 in. (15-22 cm)

9-12 in. (22-30 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:

5 (Thin)

Leaf Color:

Medium Green

Dark Green

Creamy White

Streaked with color marked above

Color of Leaf Margin:

Medium Green

Dark Green

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?:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Pale Lavender

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:

Dacula, Georgia

Lawrenceville, Georgia

Marietta, Georgia

Mount Prospect, Illinois

Peoria, Illinois

Washington, Illinois

Springville, Iowa

Silver Spring, Maryland

Middleton, Massachusetts

Royal Oak, Michigan

Minneapolis, Minnesota (3 reports)

Omaha, Nebraska

Cape May Court House, New Jersey

Sewell, New Jersey

Pittsboro, North Carolina

Bethel, Ohio

Cincinnati, Ohio

Coshocton, Ohio

Williamsburg, Ohio

Mount Hood Parkdale, Oregon

Coopersburg, Pennsylvania

Norristown, Pennsylvania

Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania

Madison, Wisconsin

Marion, Wisconsin

Owen, Wisconsin

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Gardeners' Notes:


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

Cutest little thing in my rock garden, BUT bugs are eating it up! I would like to transplant it to a better location in order to protect it and showcase it but I am afraid it won't survive. I'm waiting for it to get bigger and stronger.


On Jan 27, 2008, Malus2006 from Coon Rapids, MN (Zone 4a) wrote:

This is a slow spreading variety in my minature woodland rock garden. It is very lovely and noticeable and work well with some other dwarf hosta species but you have to be careful as some cultivars are aggressive in their spreading habit. It only negative is it have a bad habit of sprouting green version of itself which tend to be more agressive.


On Jan 26, 2006, Gabrielle from (Zone 5a) wrote:

This hosta is so adorable! It reminds me of baby bunny ears. You don't have to be a hosta lover to love this one.


On Jan 8, 2005, smiln32 from Oklahoma City, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

On the AHS's list of most popular miniatures for 2003.


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

Too cute for words! This tiny hosta is a must have. It produces a nice flower stock for it's size too. Just 8-10 inches across, the leave color still creates attention.