Hosta 'Striptease'


Family: Liliaceae (lil-ee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Hosta (HOSS-tuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Striptease
Hybridized by Thompson
Registered or introduced: 1991
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Plant Size (check one):

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


36-48 in. (90-120 cm)


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:

3 (Average)

Leaf Color:

Medium Green

Golden Yellow

Pure White

Streaked with color marked above

Color of Leaf Margin:

Medium Green

Number of Vein Pairs:

9 to 11

Appearance of Margin:

Flat/Nearly Flat

Margin Width:

1 1/2" - 2

2" - 2 1/2"

Bloom Time:


Flower Shape:


Flower Fragrance:

No fragrance

Does it set seed?:

No it does not set seed

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:


Cordele, Georgia

Marietta, Georgia

Machesney Park, Illinois

Metamora, Illinois

Naperville, Illinois

Peoria, Illinois

Saint Charles, Illinois

Washington, Illinois

Waukegan, Illinois

Elberfeld, Indiana

Topeka, Kansas

Andover, Massachusetts

Lexington, Massachusetts

Royal Oak, Michigan

New Ulm, Minnesota

Ranier, Minnesota

Billings, Montana

Cape May Court House, New Jersey

Greene, New York

Southold, New York

Pittsboro, North Carolina

Belfield, North Dakota

Medora, North Dakota

Glouster, Ohio

Portland, Oregon

Salem, Oregon

Coopersburg, Pennsylvania

Norristown, Pennsylvania

Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania

North Augusta, South Carolina

Amelia Court House, Virginia

Lexington, Virginia

Linden, Virginia

Newport News, Virginia

Richmond, Virginia

South Hill, Washington

Lake Delton, Wisconsin

Madison, Wisconsin

Marion, Wisconsin

Oconomowoc, Wisconsin

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jun 29, 2018, PatrickNH from Barnstead, NH wrote:

Honestly I only bought this plant because of the risque variety name, to annoy my wife and mother-in-law. Planted by the front walk with the label clearly visible, it accomplished that mission well when it was seen by some of their more uptight biddie friends. Non-gardener friends and visitors get a chuckle out of it, and so it has led to more than one gardening conversation among people who would not otherwise care much about plants. In that respect it has been very successful, but if it weren't for the name I probably wouldn't bother with it. Yes, it is a bit unusual, but doesn't have that real stand out effect that I look for. If you have plenty of room or are a collector on a mission to have as many varieties as possible this would not be a bad choice, but if you have limited space the... read more


On Jan 28, 2006, rcn48 from Lexington, VA (Zone 6a) wrote:

Proven to be extremely vigorous in our gardens. Planted in the front of our Hosta borders, receives more sun and has adapted well to these conditions. Mark Zilis describes the individual leaves as: "gives the appearance of a narrow gold leaf within a leaf".


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

Medium-sized mound 20" high by 50" wide of green-margined leaves with a narrow band of gold in the center; some streaks of white at the junction of the center and margin. Leaves are 8" long by 6" wide and have a thin underside bloom. The blade is ovate and slightly wavy with a smooth texture and average substance. 9-10 vein pairs. Pale lavendar flowers by mid July into early August; funnel shaped on 20" to 30" scapes. Registered in 1991 by Rick and Criss Thompson; sport of 'Gold Standard'.


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

Hosta of the Year - named by the American Hosta Growers' Association - 2005!!!


On Oct 31, 2004, emilyrasmus from Portland, OR (Zone 8b) wrote:

Definitely one of my favorite hostas and doesn't mind some morning sun.


On Sep 7, 2004, BingsBell from SC, MT (Zone 5a) wrote:

A nice addition in a grouping. Fast grower.


On Sep 15, 2002, Bull70 wrote:

Partial Shade ground cover, edging, border


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

Flowers are pale lavender on 20"-30" scapes.