Hosta 'Olive Bailey Langdon'


Family: Liliaceae (lil-ee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Hosta (HOSS-tuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Olive Bailey Langdon
Additional cultivar information:(aka Cover Girl, Covergirl)
Hybridized by O'Harra-Russ O'Harra Hosta Society
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 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:

Nearly Round

Leaf Appearance:


Degree to which the appearance is present:


Leaf Texture (top):


Slightly Shiny

Leaf Texture (bottom):


Leaf Substance:

1 (Thick)

Leaf Color:

Medium Green

Dark Green

Color of Leaf Margin:

Medium Green

Number of Vein Pairs:

9 to 11

Appearance of Margin:

Unknown - Tell us

Margin Width:

1/2" - 1"

1" - 1 1/2"

1 1/2" - 2

2" - 2 1/2"

3" - 3 1/2"

Bloom Time:


Flower Shape:


Flower Fragrance:

No fragrance

Does it set seed?:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Pure 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:

Paradise, California

Brookfield, Connecticut

Somers, Connecticut

Cordele, Georgia

Marietta, Georgia (2 reports)

Aurora, Illinois

Machesney Park, Illinois

Royal Oak, Michigan

Whitmore Lake, Michigan

Sewell, New Jersey

Pittsboro, North Carolina

Ravenna, Ohio

Norristown, Pennsylvania

Leesburg, Virginia

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jun 8, 2011, ifonly from Brookfield, CT wrote:

Planted Olive two or three years ago in Brookfield CT -- it is a beautiful, large hosta. Unbothered by a few hours of the dreaded afternoon sun, but lawn guys with weed whackers are another story entirely. Much more vigorous than Frances Williams, which was my first foray into 'special' hostas years ago.

If you like the looks of this hosta, go for it -- it's terrific.


On Aug 14, 2010, kentstar from Ravenna, OH (Zone 5b) wrote:

Just planted one this year, so I can't comment much yet. So far it's gorgeous though! Small right now, but I'm looking forward to seeing what it can do. Nice large leafed, variegated hosta. It's not supposed to burn in the sun as much as Frances Williams, although I also planted that one in the ground this year. Looks very similar to Frances Williams. I have it planted in a wine barrel. Hope it makes it over winter here!


On May 7, 2010, LD2 from Minneapolis, MN wrote:

Beautiful Large hosta. Have it growing by the pond where gets sun in morning and is moist most of the time - love it!
It has been there 2 years now.