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Hosta 'King Tut'


Family: Liliaceae (lil-ee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Hosta (HOSS-tuh) (Info)
Cultivar: King Tut
Hybridized by Harshbarger
Registered or introduced: 1981
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Plant Size (check one):

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

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)

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:


Leaf Appearance:


Degree to which the appearance is present:


Leaf Texture (top):

Glaucous Bloom

Leaf Texture (bottom):

Glaucous Bloom

Leaf Substance:

1 (Thick)

Leaf Color:

Greenish-yellow (Chartreuse)

Golden Yellow

Color of Leaf Margin:

No margin

Number of Vein Pairs:

12 to 15

Appearance of Margin:

Flat/Nearly Flat

Margin Width:

No margin

Bloom Time:


Flower Shape:


Flower Fragrance:

No fragrance

Does it set seed?:

Yes; seed is viable

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:

Tehama, California

Cordele, Georgia

Marietta, Georgia

Nilwood, Illinois

Winona, Minnesota

Havre, Montana

Cape May Court House, New Jersey

Pittsboro, North Carolina

Coshocton, Ohio

Glouster, Ohio

Norristown, Pennsylvania

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Nov 12, 2013, RedSpirals from Tehama, CA wrote:

No wet feet? HA!

In our climate--northern Sacramento Valley of California--the only hosta that stay healthy year round are planted in our bog garden. They prefer to grow at the edges of the clumps of tulle or other water happy grasses, where conditions are relatively cool and humid through our long, dry summers. They have never set seed there, and have never bloomed to my knowledge. The variety we've tried--a fairly fussy and narrow-leaved variegated hosta whose name I do not know--was one that was included in an assortment and had already died in the garden three times. I didn't think they'd come back after going through several cold snaps last winter, but the crocus hadn't been up long before the first hosta leaves peeked out. Best point: No slug or snail maulings!!


On Jan 4, 2003, jody from MD &, VA (Zone 7b) wrote:

Flower scapes 35"-37". Gretchen Harshbarger 1981.