Hosta 'Night before Christmas'


Family: Liliaceae (lil-ee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Hosta (HOSS-tuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Night before Christmas
Hybridized by Machen
Registered or introduced: 1994
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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 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

Leaf Texture (bottom):


Leaf Substance:

4 (Above Average)

Leaf Color:

Pure White

Color of Leaf Margin:

Dark Green

Number of Vein Pairs:

9 to 11

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?:

Unknown - Tell us

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:


Bonifay, Florida

Marietta, Georgia

Caseyville, Illinois

Machesney Park, Illinois

Pontiac, Illinois

Spring Grove, Illinois

Washington, Illinois

Elberfeld, Indiana

Davenport, Iowa

Iowa City, Iowa

Louisville, Kentucky

Hagerstown, Maryland

Ann Arbor, Michigan

Plainwell, Michigan

Royal Oak, Michigan

Minneapolis, Minnesota (2 reports)

New Ulm, Minnesota

Lothair, Montana

Cape May Court House, New Jersey

Salt Point, New York

Westerlo, New York

Pittsboro, North Carolina

Belfield, North Dakota

Medora, North Dakota

Canton, Ohio

Cincinnati, Ohio

Delta, Ohio

Glouster, Ohio

West Chester, Ohio

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Tulsa, Oklahoma

Walterville, Oregon

Altoona, Pennsylvania

Summerville, South Carolina

Christiana, Tennessee

Fairview, Tennessee

Richmond, Texas

Arlington, Virginia

Broadway, Virginia

Bellevue, Washington

Hazel Dell North, Washington

Kalama, Washington

Beverly, West Virginia

Eau Claire, Wisconsin

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Dec 24, 2012, cyrd from wanganui,
New Zealand wrote:

This plant and White Xmas are gorgeous but the most vulnerable of all my scores of varieties to snail damage here in NZ. I haven't tried it at my home in Perris, California as I am only there in the N. hemisphere summer.


On Jul 15, 2006, amg52amg from Davenport, IA wrote:

I picked up my Night Before Christmas at an end-of-the-year sale at a drug store! It had two pitiful leaves, but I liked the name, and I thought I could remember it - unlike most of my hostas. It is now in its second year and is beautiful - one of my favorites for its striking, bright variegation - living happily next to two burning bushes and assorted hostas, in morning sun and then filtered sun/shade.


On Jun 6, 2006, grannymarsh from Marquette, MI (Zone 5a) wrote:

This Hosta has increased very well in just one year!!


On May 12, 2006, vossner from Richmond, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

Hostas have pretty much broken my heart because they won't grow in my garden. However, Night Before Christmas is one that has been in my garden for 3 years. Not growing by leaps ands bounds, but slowly and surely.


On Aug 8, 2005, KublaiKhan from Machesney Park, IL wrote:

Sport of 'White Christmas'


On Oct 4, 2004, smiln32 from Oklahoma City, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

I have this hosta growing in a pot on my back porch and even when I forget to water the poor thing, it still looks good. The variegation is lovely. I think for it to grow well, I'm going to have to put it in the ground, though.


On Sep 15, 2002, Bull70 wrote:



On May 6, 2002, Greenwood from Bonifay, FL (Zone 8a) wrote:

A beautiful plant that has done well in my garden .