Hosta 'White Christmas'


Family: Liliaceae (lil-ee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Hosta (HOSS-tuh) (Info)
Cultivar: White Christmas
Hybridized by Krossa-Palmer-Ruh
Registered or introduced: 1999
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Plant Size (check one):

Medium (leaf 25-81 square inches; plant 10-18 tall)


24-36 in. (60-90 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

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

Very Shiny

Leaf Texture (bottom):

Glaucous Bloom

Leaf Substance:

5 (Thin)

Leaf Color:

Creamy White

Color of Leaf Margin:

Medium Green

Dark Green

Number of Vein Pairs:

Fewer than 9

Appearance of Margin:

Slightly Rippled

Margin Width:

1/8" - 1/4"

1/4" - 1/2"

Bloom Time:


Flower Shape:


Flower Fragrance:

No fragrance

Does it set seed?:

No it does not set seed

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:

Marietta, Georgia

Topeka, Kansas

Cascade, Maryland

Upper Marlboro, Maryland

Dracut, Massachusetts

East Meadow, New York

Rochester, New York

Sterling, Virginia

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Gardeners' Notes:


On May 2, 2016, NYBokey from East Meadow, NY wrote:

Is it a pain in the butt to grow? Absolutely. Unlike other hostas (which I didn't know for several years) this one requires at least 3-4 hours of SUN to grow, it will not do well in a completely shady environment. It can also occasionally break its all white growth and begin sprouting all-green leaves - this tends to happen more often when the plant is divided, so best to leave them alone when possible. And, in my experience, it takes them about twice as many seasons to double in size than a typical green hosta - these reasons are why I grade them a neutral - but are they ever gorgeous when they are in their happy place! I get many compliments on mine and neighbors and passers by marvel at how lovely they are. I have mine interplanted with Fire Chief Heuchera and the combo of red and white... read more


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

A gorgeous plant! But I've tried 3 times and attended hosta funerals 3 x with this plant. I just can't seem to keep it alive. I'm in IL in zone 5a/5b.


On Dec 8, 2004, gretaduck from Pittsboro, NC (Zone 7a) wrote:

Have to say that this is one of only 2 hostas I've had difficulty growing, even though I moved it around trying to find a place it would thrive! Probably too much white and not enough chlorophyll. Night Before Christmas is a good grower, however.


On Jan 22, 2003, HummerRachel from Cornwall, ON (Zone 5b) wrote:

The Hosta Handbook says... "As a juvenile plant the foliage will turn almost completely green by the end of summer and this may account for it's ability to eventually grow into a decent-sized mound".
Some people do have trouble getting this one to grow well.