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Hosta 'Spilt Milk'


Family: Liliaceae (lil-ee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Hosta (HOSS-tuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Spilt Milk
Hybridized by Seaver
Registered or introduced: 1999
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Plant Size (check one):

Large (leaf 81-144 square inches; plant 18-28 tall)


4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)


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:

Broadly Ovate

Leaf Appearance:


Degree to which the appearance is present:


Leaf Texture (top):

Glaucous Bloom

Leaf Texture (bottom):

Glaucous Bloom

Leaf Substance:

1 (Thick)

Leaf Color:

Medium Green

Dark Green

Pure White

Streaked with color marked above

Color of Leaf Margin:

Medium Blue-Green

Number of Vein Pairs:

12 to 15

Appearance of Margin:

Slightly Rippled

Margin Width:

1" - 1 1/2"

1 1/2" - 2

Bloom Time:


Flower Shape:


Flower Fragrance:

No fragrance

Does it set seed?:

Yes; seed is viable

Bloom Color:

Near White

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

Quincy, Illinois

Waukegan, Illinois

East Tawas, Michigan

Plainwell, Michigan

Royal Oak, Michigan

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Havre, Montana

Sewell, New Jersey

Pittsboro, North Carolina

Coshocton, Ohio

Glouster, Ohio

Orrville, Ohio

Salem, Oregon

Coopersburg, Pennsylvania

Norristown, Pennsylvania

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania

Lexington, Virginia

Vancouver, Washington

Eau Claire, Wisconsin

Marion, Wisconsin

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Feb 28, 2012, Gabrielle from (Zone 5a) wrote:

A nice hosta, though a bit slower growing than some. Blooms in June in my garden.


On Jun 19, 2008, grannymarsh from Marquette, MI (Zone 5a) wrote:

Leaves have good substance, it laughs at slugs. Decent growth, survives our c-o-l-d winters.


On Feb 21, 2008, Malus2006 from Coon Rapids, MN (Zone 4a) wrote:

This is a highly variable hosta that have the unstable variegation (unstable variegation meant that no two leaves look the same) - the unique thing about this variegation is that it is much more narrower on the leaf than most (90%) of all variegated hostas - If the stripes are wider, then it is not a true Spilt Milk Hosta. It multiply slowly for me in woodland shade so it is more of a speciment hosta or a eye catch.


On Jul 28, 2002, jody from MD &, VA (Zone 7b) wrote:

Very distinct hosta, solid white streaks through the grean and white center. Flowers are near white on 28"-30" scapes.