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Hosta 'Thunderbolt'


Family: Liliaceae (lil-ee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Hosta (HOSS-tuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Thunderbolt
Additional cultivar information:(PP14232)
Hybridized by Hawksridge Farms-Plant Haven)
Registered or introduced: 2001
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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)

Sun Exposure:

Light Shade

Partial to 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):

Unknown - Tell us

Leaf Substance:

1 (Thick)

Leaf Color:

Medium Blue-Green

Creamy White

Color of Leaf Margin:

Medium Blue-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:

Unknown - Tell us

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:

Lawrenceville, Georgia

Marietta, Georgia

Machesney Park, Illinois

Peoria, Illinois

Logansport, Indiana

Henderson, Kentucky

Louisville, Kentucky

Acton, Massachusetts

Reading, Massachusetts

Royal Oak, Michigan

Mantorville, Minnesota

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Cape May Court House, New Jersey

Sewell, New Jersey

Montauk, New York

Schenectady, New York

Pittsboro, North Carolina

Glouster, Ohio

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Norristown, Pennsylvania

Yemassee, South Carolina

Kalama, Washington

Marion, Wisconsin

Twin Lakes, Wisconsin

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Aug 6, 2011, dahlia10 from Ottawa,
Canada wrote:

Very nice,original leaf patern and slug proof!! A slow grower but i love it!


On Feb 21, 2009, sanannie from White Lake, ON (Zone 4b) wrote:

Plant Patent #14232 - Expiry Date: 10/29/2021


On May 19, 2005, Cesca_B from Henderson, KY wrote:

Thunderbolt had an awful time last year in the yard, having a person who didn't know what it was attempt to cut back it's leaves to make it grow. We thought for sure that with that sort of maltreatment, another year for Thunderbolt was unlikely. Well, there it was, at the beginning of the year, showing the first signs of a new set of leaves. It didn't grow at all in size (unlike my other hostas) but it's survived (like hostas are apt to do).


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

This very beautiful sieboldiana sport has a similar leaf pattern but more blue-green 'Gypsy Rose', which is also stunning. Lovely variegation. Gets to be approx. 14" tall.