Hosta 'Patriot'


Family: Liliaceae (lil-ee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Hosta (HOSS-tuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Patriot
Hybridized by Machen
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 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)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 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):

Glaucous Bloom

Leaf Substance:

4 (Above Average)

Leaf Color:

Medium Green

Color of Leaf Margin:

Creamy White

Number of Vein Pairs:

9 to 11

Appearance of Margin:

Slightly Rippled

Margin Width:

1/2" - 1"

Bloom Time:


Flower Shape:


Flower Fragrance:

No fragrance

Does it set seed?:

No it does not set seed

Bloom Color:

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:

Grow outdoors year-round

Suitable for growing in containers


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Lac Du Bonnet,

Birmingham, Alabama

Enterprise, Alabama

Montgomery, Alabama

Juneau, Alaska

Phoenix, Arizona

Fort Smith, Arkansas

Clayton, California

Paradise, California

Pleasanton, California

San Leandro, California

Colorado Springs, Colorado

Fruita, Colorado

Oxford, Connecticut

Bear, Delaware

Harrington, Delaware

Bonifay, Florida

Atlanta, Georgia (2 reports)

Cordele, Georgia

Marietta, Georgia

Roswell, Georgia

Warner Robins, Georgia

Brookfield, Illinois

Cherry Valley, Illinois

Des Plaines, Illinois

Downers Grove, Illinois

Machesney Park, Illinois

Mount Prospect, Illinois

Niles, Illinois

Nilwood, Illinois

Peoria, Illinois

Quincy, Illinois

Round Lake, Illinois

Washington, Illinois

Woodridge, Illinois

Cicero, Indiana

Danville, Indiana

Elberfeld, Indiana

Greenville, Indiana

Newburgh, Indiana

Marengo, Iowa

Topeka, Kansas

Barbourville, Kentucky

Henderson, Kentucky

Slidell, Louisiana

Durham, Maine

Hancock, Maine

Cascade, Maryland

Edgewater, Maryland

Tracys Landing, Maryland

Lunenburg, Massachusetts

North Billerica, Massachusetts

Ann Arbor, Michigan

Dearborn Heights, Michigan

Newport, Michigan

Plainwell, Michigan

Redford, Michigan

Royal Oak, Michigan

Tecumseh, Michigan

Traverse City, Michigan

Minneapolis, Minnesota

New Ulm, Minnesota

Savage, Minnesota

Natchez, Mississippi

Saint Louis, Missouri

Aurora, Nebraska

Auburn, New Hampshire

Cape May Court House, New Jersey

Sewell, New Jersey

South Plainfield, New Jersey

Ballston Spa, New York

Greene, New York

Ithaca, New York

Rochester, New York

Asheville, North Carolina

Davidson, North Carolina

Elizabeth City, North Carolina

Pittsboro, North Carolina

Raleigh, North Carolina (2 reports)

Medora, North Dakota

Cincinnati, Ohio

Coshocton, Ohio

Delaware, Ohio

Geneva, Ohio

Glouster, Ohio

Mogadore, Ohio

Springboro, Ohio

Sand Springs, Oklahoma

Portland, Oregon (2 reports)

Salem, Oregon

Mercersburg, Pennsylvania

Norristown, Pennsylvania

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Reynoldsville, Pennsylvania

Waterford, Pennsylvania

Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania

Warwick, Rhode Island

Goose Creek, South Carolina

Ladys Island, South Carolina

North Augusta, South Carolina

Clarksville, Tennessee

Knoxville, Tennessee

Memphis, Tennessee

Middleton, Tennessee

Flint, Texas

Fort Worth, Texas

Garland, Texas

Overton, Texas

Port Arthur, Texas

Big Stone Gap, Virginia

Leesburg, Virginia

Manassas, Virginia

Mc Lean, Virginia

Palmyra, Virginia

Roanoke, Virginia

Anacortes, Washington

Kalama, Washington

Kirkland, Washington

Stanwood, Washington

Vancouver, Washington

Madison, Wisconsin

Marion, Wisconsin

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Oconomowoc, Wisconsin

Spooner, Wisconsin

Stoughton, Wisconsin

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jul 29, 2016, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

This is the brightest of silvery-white variegated hostas, excellent as a focal point brightening a shady spot.


On May 28, 2011, Bazuhi from Downers Grove, IL (Zone 5a) wrote:

It's 2011 and I have one of these left from when I ordered it from Van Bourgondien way back in 2002. I am not a big fan of this leaf style on hosta's but I do really like this one. The white is really striking in the shade and will admit it is probable the only one I like that grows in this fashion.


On May 20, 2011, Eldine from Wellsville, NY (Zone 4b) wrote:

I have always been successful growing hostas in containers so last year I bought 2 of these for $8 each, planted them in gorgeous pots, and put them on my front porch on either side of the front door. They grew beautifully and I got lots of compliments. I was terribly disappointed this year when all my other hosta came back like usual but neither of these did. Both rotted in the pots. I may have done something wrong but I think I'll go back to using free hostas from friends.


On Jul 31, 2010, Crit from Sand Springs (Tulsa), OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

I had this Hosta at my previous house in Tulsa, OK in a filtered shade garden. I dug starts of it and brought to my new house. I planted it by the pool where it is shaded by the privacy fence and many trees, until about 3 in the afternoon, then gets sun. The afternoon sun was still too much for it and it is faultering terribly. I'm going to move them to a shadier spot and see how they do. I think these will come back.


On Mar 2, 2008, mjab17 from North Billerica, MA wrote:

I do like this plant alot-- probley dosent grow as fast as i would like -- but i did recently divid it last year and mover it to a more perfeable location --- it seems to stay much smaller then other large hostas ive seen then again it just may given the time


On Nov 26, 2007, Half from Minneapolis, MN wrote:

I must admit I love hostas, I have 3 varities. I did have an interesting problem with some of them this year. I "think" because we had such a dry begining of the year that squirrels and chipmonks were eating them for water. I found no signs of a insect problem. I was baffeled as to what was getting them. When I begin to think maybe its was the critters, I put out a couple of bowls of water an they stoped getting eaten. I am still not completely sure that was the problem as I never saw what was getting them. I also like how hardy they are! Hubby placed 4 6" pots under a bench where they were forgotten and hidden over the winter, surprisingly, and very unusual for this zone (after a very cold winter, temps a low as -30 F and very deep frost line) 3 of the 4 pots survived! While the cold did ... read more


On Jul 3, 2005, corinna from Geneva,
Switzerland (Zone 7a) wrote:

Am growing this hosta on a slope in the sun for 3/4 of the day. It does not seem to mind. Zone 7 (Switzerland)


On Oct 23, 2004, SalmonMe from Springboro, OH (Zone 6a) wrote:

I LOVE this Hosta! It is absolutely fabulous throughout the summer. I deadheaded mine and the foliage kept up great until heavy frost. Beautiful, beautiful en masse around tree bases or just in casually flowing shade borders. A favorite!


On Jul 10, 2003, teacher45 from Danville, IN (Zone 5b) wrote:

Patriot is an exceptional hosta to grow in the Midwest. It has such a good substance that in August, when most hostas look a little bedraggled, Patriot is still in good form. It makes a neat mound of tightly packed leaves. I don't have any problems with slugs or snails on Patriot (knock on wood!), although they have been a problem with other variegated cultivars during wet springs. Patriot is one of my "Top 10" hostas! Try it!


On May 26, 2003, smiln32 from Oklahoma City, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

This hosta grows well, multiplies fairly quickly, too. It is easy to divide and mine, at least, likes lots of shade.

Hosta of the Year - named by the American Hosta Growers' Association - 1997.


On May 25, 2003, SunshineSue from Mississauga, ON (Zone 6a) wrote:

Wonderful, reliable Hosta that does well in shade to morning sun, in ground as well as in large wooden barrel in which it survives our sometimes very cruel (zone 5 1/2-6) winters with no protection other than being in a sheltered corner in the garden & out of the severe wind. Prone to slug damage unfortunately as most Hosta are. I've tried everything from egg shells to grapefruit shells turned upside down to dishes of beer placed in the garden. The only deterent seems to be slug bait in the form of pellets. I'd rather not use this, but have had no luck with other methods. This Hosta is a wonderful stand-alone plant, but also looks lovely in a mixed bed with plants of contrasting foilage (dark colored leaves such as wine or purple & lime green foilage plants). Prefers a soil rich in compost... read more


On May 17, 2003, jan_M from Creighton,
Canada wrote:

The plant starts out well, but stops all of a sudden.
Light green with white stripes. No problems of bugs eating the leaves. Hostas prefer shade, and ours grew by the house for a while.
If plant matures, it will be a beautiful silvery-green plant, with a tall, spikey trumpet-shaped purple flowers. (No problems flowering.)


On Apr 30, 2003, clendnn from Pleasanton, CA wrote:

Requires definite protection from snails and slugs, they'll chew it right down to the ground, given a chance.


On Jun 3, 2002, Greenwood from Bonifay, FL (Zone 8a) wrote:

A sport of Francee mound of white margined leaves very striking.