Hosta 'Tattoo'


Family: Liliaceae (lil-ee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Hosta (HOSS-tuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Tattoo
Additional cultivar information:(PP11603)
Hybridized by Avent
Registered or introduced: 1998
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Plant Size (check one):

Small (leaf 6.0-25 square inches; plant 6-10 tall)


15-18 in. (38-45 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):

Slightly Shiny

Leaf Texture (bottom):


Leaf Substance:

3 (Average)

Leaf Color:

Light Green

Greenish-yellow (Chartreuse)

Golden Yellow

Color of Leaf Margin:

Light Green

Number of Vein Pairs:

Unknown - Tell us

Appearance of Margin:

Flat/Nearly Flat

Margin Width:

Unknown - Tell us

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:

Machesney Park, Illinois

Durham, Maine

Royal Oak, Michigan

Willow, New York

Woodstock, New York

Pittsboro, North Carolina

Coshocton, Ohio

Glouster, Ohio

Holland, Ohio

Salem, Oregon

Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania

Lamar, South Carolina

Kendall, Wisconsin

Minocqua, Wisconsin

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jun 19, 2011, Elinore from Minocqua, WI (Zone 4a) wrote:

This is one of my absolute favorite hostas. It's just so beautiful and unique! I was able to easily divide it when I first bought it, and though the two plants were tiny that first year, by year two they grew to be quite full. I've had them for at least 6 years now, growing in a mostly sunny area. They both have a beautiful, symmetrical shape, and look very nice on either side of a 'Melting Fire' Huchera, with larger, darker hostas in the background. The "tattoo" markings are quite vivid.

I have had absolutely no trouble growing this hosta, and have done nothing special to keep it alive, even here in far Northern WI. I knew nothing about it when I first planted it, but apparently some people have trouble growing this one...then again, I also have a 'Great Expectations' host... read more


On Apr 6, 2009, snapple45 from Holland, OH (Zone 5b) wrote:

My four year old plant, while beautifully marked and true to the cultivar, is very nearly the same size today as it was when first planted out. This should be only for the die hard collector who can afford the garden space. There are so many other hostas from which to choose that will give the gardener more bang for their buck.


On Feb 24, 2009, MDShulman from Woodstock, NY (Zone 5b) wrote:

Introduced with great fanfare some years ago. It is very fussy and soon overgrown by its neighboring hostas . If you are looking for a unique family of hostas, start with 'striptease'


On Feb 22, 2009, sanannie from White Lake, ON (Zone 4b) wrote:

Plant Patent #11603 - Expiry Date: 12/28/2018


On Dec 29, 2006, wiscwoodlander from Kendall, WI (Zone 4a) wrote:

Very slow growing, small hosta. Have had mine for four years and is still very small. It is healthy looking and the 'tattoo' marking are very defined making it a standout in the garden despite its small size and less than vigorous growth rate.


On May 20, 2005, Homer_Zn5 from Jamestown, IN wrote:

This is one of those rare animals . . . a fussy Hosta! It seems like more people have problems getting this plant to come back after their first year than any other plant (except, perhaps, Great Expectations).

I received one last spring which grew well during the spring and summer, tripling in size. Well, it's the only Hosta that I have ever lost (I have over 100 varieties), as it did not come back this year! Reports indicate that this may be a plant that does not come out of TC well, so some specimens will thrive while others will not. I MIGHT try it again, but only if I get one that is obviously more than 2 years old.


On Jun 10, 2004, corgwyn from Rockford, IL wrote:

Great hosta with unusual markings. The flower buds are beautiful. Not long ago it was selling for $100 each.


On Jan 11, 2003, jody from MD &, VA (Zone 7b) wrote:

Leaf has pattern on it, hence the name "Tattoo". Flower scapes 10". Tony Avent 1998.