Hosta Species, Plantain Lily

Hosta sieboldiana var. montana

Family: Liliaceae (lil-ee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Hosta (HOSS-tuh) (Info)
Species: sieboldiana var. montana
Hybridized by Schmid
Registered or introduced: 1991
Synonym:Hosta liliiflora
Synonym:Hosta montana
Synonym:Hosta montana f. macrophylla
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Plant Size (check one):

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


24-36 in. (60-90 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

Partial to Full Shade

Other details:

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Patent Information:

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Seed Collecting:

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Growing Habit:


Growth Rate:


Leaf Shape:


Leaf Appearance:



Degree to which the appearance is present:


Leaf Texture (top):

Slightly Shiny

Leaf Texture (bottom):

Very Shiny

Leaf Substance:

2 (Good)

Leaf Color:

Medium Green

Color of Leaf Margin:

No margin

Number of Vein Pairs:

12 to 15

16 to 18

Appearance of Margin:

Slightly Rippled

Margin Width:

No margin

Bloom Time:


Flower Shape:


Flower Fragrance:

No fragrance

Does it set seed?:

Yes; seed is viable

Bloom Color:

Near White

Pale Lavender

Foliage Color:

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Bloom Characteristics:

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Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Where to Grow:

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Gardeners' Notes:


On May 5, 2005, cinemike from CREZIERES,
France (Zone 8a) wrote:

Where is the spring and the summer
That once was yours and mine?
Where did it go?
I just dont know
But still my love for you will live forever
Time to forget, send me a letter
Say you forgive, the sooner the better
Hosta montana, baby, hosta montana, until then


On Jan 13, 2005, lmelling from Ithaca, NY (Zone 5b) wrote:

Creates a large mound of green foliage to 28" high by 78" wide in cultivation, slightly smaller in the wild.

Leaves are 12-3/8" long by 9-1/4" wide; medium green and moderately shiny on top; very shiny underside. Blade is ovate with lobed, puckered base and long, distinct tip; slight to moderately wavy with a slight corrugation at maturity. Good substance, 14-16 vein pairs impressed deeply .

Flowers in July; very pale lavendar with a slightly darker petal midrib and an open funnel shape. Scapes 50" tall, occasionally higher (60"); scape bud distinctly flower-like as it unfurls. Many seed pods form and weigh down the scapes. On occasion some H. montana plants will produce double flowers.

Ranks highly as a specimen or background plant. The s... read more


On Aug 13, 2002, smiln32 from Oklahoma City, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

Beautiful plant....creates the most stunning mound of foliage. Flowers are gorgeous - near white on tall scapes..nearly 3 1/2 feet tall.

There are over a hundred sports of this hosta.