Hosta 'Snow Cap'


Family: Liliaceae (lil-ee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Hosta (HOSS-tuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Snow Cap
Hybridized by Aden
Registered or introduced: 1980
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Plant Size (check one):

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


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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:

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Patent Information:

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Seed Collecting:

Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

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Leaf Color:

Dark Green

Creamy White

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Does it set seed?:

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Bloom Color:

Pure White

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Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

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

Marietta, Georgia

Elkhart, Iowa

Edgewater, Maryland

Doniphan, Missouri

Sewell, New Jersey

Elizabeth City, North Carolina

Glouster, Ohio

Holladay, Tennessee

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Gardeners' Notes:


On May 28, 2016, raniershady from Ranier, MN (Zone 3a) wrote:

Of over 8300 hosta varieties in the world, Snow Cap is a total dud. I bought this one 3 years ago without doing any research, or I would never have made this choice. The plant has nothing to recommend it, and the drawstring effect is an ugly condition it won't out live. Avoid this hosta.


On May 23, 2007, Dravencat from Edgewater, MD (Zone 7a) wrote:

Although I love this hosta I had to give it a neutral rating. The leaves are large, the color is awesome and it does well in my garden but, it is extremely slow to reproduce. Ive had this one for about 3 years and I still have not seen any new plants only the original two. Also yes its leaves have a tendency to tear at the edges taking away from the overall look of the leaves


On Apr 29, 2006, ozarkian from Gravois Mills, MO (Zone 6a) wrote:

Snow Cap is a poor cultivator. It suffers from what is known as the draw string effect. The green portion of the leaf grows faster than the white. It tears all the leaves that the plant produces. I will get rid of this one and never have another one.