Hosta 'Sagae'


Family: Liliaceae (lil-ee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Hosta (HOSS-tuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Sagae
Hybridized by Watanabe
Registered or introduced: 1996
Synonym:Hosta fluctuans Variegata
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Plant Size (check one):

Giant (leaf >144 square inches; plant >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:

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

Growing Habit:


Growth Rate:


Leaf Shape:


Leaf Appearance:


Degree to which the appearance is present:


Leaf Texture (top):

Slightly Shiny

Leaf Texture (bottom):

Glaucous Bloom

Leaf Substance:

1 (Thick)

Leaf Color:

Dark Green

Color of Leaf Margin:

Pale Yellow


Creamy White

Number of Vein Pairs:

12 to 15

Appearance of Margin:

Slightly Rippled

Margin Width:

1/4" - 1/2"

1/2" - 1"

Bloom Time:


Flower Shape:


Flower Fragrance:

No fragrance

Does it set seed?:

Yes; seed is viable

Bloom Color:

Pale 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:


Mentone, Alabama

Brookfield, Connecticut

Monroe, Connecticut

Norwich, Connecticut

Old Lyme, Connecticut

Westport, Connecticut

Augusta, Georgia

Lawrenceville, Georgia

Marietta, Georgia

Cherry Valley, Illinois

Itasca, Illinois

Machesney Park, Illinois

Naperville, Illinois

Rockford, Illinois

Washington, Illinois

Waukegan, Illinois

Elberfeld, Indiana

Granger, Indiana

Greenville, Indiana

Bloomfield, Iowa

Oskaloosa, Iowa

Tracy, Iowa

Shawnee Mission, Kansas

Gaithersburg, Maryland

Roslindale, Massachusetts

Hemlock, Michigan

Pinconning, Michigan

Plainwell, Michigan (2 reports)

Royal Oak, Michigan

Frazee, Minnesota

New Ulm, Minnesota

Stewart, Minnesota

Ballwin, Missouri

Mayview, Missouri

Saint Louis, Missouri

Imperial, Nebraska

Jamesburg, New Jersey

Piscataway, New Jersey

Greene, New York

Southold, New York

Pittsboro, North Carolina

Raleigh, North Carolina

Canton, Ohio

Glouster, Ohio

Tallmadge, Ohio

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Salem, Oregon

Lewisburg, Pennsylvania

Norristown, Pennsylvania

Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania

Summerville, South Carolina

Chantilly, Virginia

Lexington, Virginia

Newport News, Virginia

Norfolk, Virginia

Portsmouth, Virginia

Richmond, Virginia

Kalama, Washington

South Hill, Washington

Eau Claire, Wisconsin

Genoa City, Wisconsin

Oconomowoc, Wisconsin

Owen, Wisconsin

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jun 1, 2014, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

One of my favorite hostas. Upright, vase-shaped, fast-growing, it quickly grows massive. The wavy leaf edge draws the eye.

Use this as a specimen. It makes a great garden focal point.

In my opinion, this is not a plant for massing, nor for placing among other variegated hostas. Place it where the superb form is well displayed, and where the eye can rest on it without distraction.

This cultivar has long been grown both in Japan and in the west, even if it's only recently been registered by the AHS (1996).


On Jul 15, 2012, a5footsea from Port Moody, BC (Zone 8a) wrote:

This 6 year old, vase-shaped Hosta is the focal point in my shade garden. It is elegant at 46 inches high by 68 inches wide. Best investment I have made in a Hosta.


On Jun 22, 2009, eclecticLC from Oskaloosa, IA wrote:

Just received this hosta from my sister-in-law in the St Louis, MO area. Had no idea that it could get so huge. I may have to change my mind as to where I have it planted. Sounds like it should be a focal point.


On Jul 29, 2008, ifonly from Brookfield, CT wrote:

Stunning, easy, hardy, the best!


On Jul 26, 2008, hostababy from Canton, OH wrote:

This is one huge showy hosta! I have mine in lots of sun and it is enormous. It is slug resistant. Planted in heavy clay soil (not the best) and I don't water it often in the summer and it just thrives. Every hosta lover should have this one. Fast grower, mine is 3 years old and has over 75 leaves that are over a foot long. Beautiful sage green color with cream margins. I love the thick leaves and it's upright shape. Very cold hardy.
It's a real winner!


On Oct 25, 2006, GardenMyosis from Saint Louis, MO wrote:

In three years the plant grew from 3 stems to 25 stems. It is now 4 feet in diameter and 3-4 feet high. No slug problems. Erect vase shape mound. It is truly a gardent stopper!


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

'Sagae' forms a large, semi-upright mound about 31" high by 70" wide (or slightly larger). Leaves average 13" long by 10.25" wide. The 1/4" to 3/4" margin changes from yellow to creamy yellow or creamy white during the growing season. In deep shade the margins will remain yellow but will turn creamy white with merely 2-3 hours of bright light per day while the center stays a dark green. There can be gray-green streaks at the junction of the margin and center; shiny top surface of leaves with a moderate underside bloom. The blade is ovate, almost triangular, with a deeply lobed base and five or more distinct waves per margin. Little or no corrugation and a thick substance with 13 vein pairs.

Pale lavendar flowers on 38" to 50" scapes appear in mid-July into August. Scape... read more


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

Hosta of the Year - named by the American Hosta Growers' Association - 2000!


On Aug 1, 2002, jody from MD &, VA (Zone 7b) wrote:

Makes vase shaped mound and a great focal point in the shade garden. Scapes are tall, 35"-50" and can flop though. Margin is lighter with more sun/brighter light.