Hosta 'Whirlwind'


Family: Liliaceae (lil-ee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Hosta (HOSS-tuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Whirlwind
Hybridized by Kulpa
Registered or introduced: 1989
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Plant Size (check one):

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

Broadly Ovate

Leaf Appearance:



Degree to which the appearance is present:


Leaf Texture (top):

Slightly Shiny

Leaf Texture (bottom):

Glaucous Bloom

Leaf Substance:

2 (Good)

Leaf Color:

Light Green

Dark Green

Streaked with color marked above

Color of Leaf Margin:

Dark Green

Number of Vein Pairs:

9 to 11

Appearance of Margin:

Flat/Nearly Flat

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"

1 1/2" - 2

2" - 2 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:


Marietta, Georgia

Machesney Park, Illinois

Peoria, Illinois

Quincy, Illinois

Villa Grove, Illinois

Elberfeld, Indiana

Tracy, Iowa

Topeka, Kansas

Wichita, Kansas

Durham, Maine

Falmouth, Maine

Royal Oak, Michigan

New Ulm, Minnesota

Cape May Court House, New Jersey

Jamesburg, New Jersey

South Plainfield, New Jersey

Berkshire, New York

Greene, New York

Ithaca, New York

Southold, New York

Troy, New York

Pittsboro, North Carolina

Belfield, North Dakota

Akron, Ohio

Coshocton, Ohio

Glouster, Ohio

Xenia, Ohio

Greeneville, Tennessee

Fairfax, Virginia

Leesburg, Virginia

Lexington, Virginia

Linden, Virginia

Bellevue, Washington

Kalama, Washington

Buffalo, West Virginia

Ellsworth, Wisconsin

Lake Delton, Wisconsin

Marion, Wisconsin

Oconomowoc, Wisconsin

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Sep 7, 2012, pirl from (Arlene) Southold, NY (Zone 7a) wrote:

Just bought this one in spring of 2012. Lovely, twisting leaves. Great in morning shade only.


On Mar 5, 2011, muttlover from Marysville, OH (Zone 5b) wrote:

I saw a picture of this in a magazine - all twisted together. Fascinated me and I was very happy when I found the plant for sale. Mine is 3 years old now. It is slow growing, and very pretty. But it doesn't twist. It just has a very slight curve to it.


On Jun 10, 2009, KathrynOH from Xenia, OH (Zone 5b) wrote:

Bought this plant at Lowe's: "Whirlwind Plantain Lily", to plant on a slope next to a stone stairway going down a bluff to the lower level of our property.

I chose ths plant because mine has more blue tones in the center and looks very striking in the shade with the Bessingham Blue Hosta, Autumn Ferns, hydrangea, astilbe, etc.

Looking forward to seeing it grow and fill out more!


On Sep 9, 2007, peterfern from Bellevue, WA wrote:

A bit slow growing for me but mine is still pretty young.looks great next to a blue hosta or blue flower. Overall a great hosta for the novice or experienced hosta grower.


On Aug 11, 2005, ViolaAnn from Ottawa, ON (Zone 5a) wrote:

I've had this plant for quite awhile. It has not been a particularly fast grower. I enjoy how good it looks in mid-August when many of my other Hostas are starting to look a bit tired and slug eaten. Blooms a bit later than many of my others.


On Jun 7, 2005, lmelling from Ithaca, NY (Zone 5b) wrote:

Medium-large mound of greenish white-centered foliage. 19"H x 40" wide (reported to possibly get as large as 23"x45" under the right circumstances).

Leaves are 8" long by 6-1/2" wide with a dark green margin to 2-1/8". Center is whitish with green veins, turning to light green by mid-summer and dark green by August. Thin underside bloom; blade is broadly ovate and noticeably curved and wavy with a long distinct tip. Leaves are slightly corrugated with good substance and 11 vein pair.

Lavender flowers 3" long on 30" scapes from late July into August. Some pod formation. John Kulpa registered Whirlwind in 1989 as a possible sport of 'Fortunei Hyacinthina'.

I just purchased one of these this spring and am looking forward to seeing how it g... read more


On Jun 3, 2005, Wvdaisy from Buffalo, WV (Zone 7a) wrote:

This has been a slow grower for me but it's very pretty.