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Hosta 'Liberty'


Family: Liliaceae (lil-ee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Hosta (HOSS-tuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Liberty
Additional cultivar information:(PP12531)
Hybridized by Machen
Registered or introduced: 2000
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Plant Size (check one):

Giant (leaf >144 square inches; plant >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:

Broadly Ovate

Leaf Appearance:


Degree to which the appearance is present:


Leaf Texture (top):

Glaucous Bloom

Leaf Texture (bottom):

Glaucous Bloom

Leaf Substance:

2 (Good)

Leaf Color:

Medium Green

Medium Blue-Green

Color of Leaf Margin:

Golden Yellow

Number of Vein Pairs:

12 to 15

Appearance of Margin:

Flat/Nearly Flat

Margin Width:

2" - 2 1/2"

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:

Somers, Connecticut

Dover, Delaware

Lawrenceville, Georgia

Marietta, Georgia

Chicago, Illinois

Nilwood, Illinois

Sioux City, Iowa

Topeka, Kansas

Accokeek, Maryland

Waldorf, Maryland

Royal Oak, Michigan

Andover, Minnesota

Excelsior, Minnesota

Bedford, New Hampshire

Kingston, New Hampshire

Cape May Court House, New Jersey

Schenectady, New York

Cincinnati, Ohio

Glouster, Ohio

Lakeville, Ohio

Norristown, Pennsylvania

Eau Claire, Wisconsin

Marion, Wisconsin

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Apr 27, 2018, anniegolden from Dover, DE wrote:

8 years ago I planted Liberty and Sagae side by side. Parent and child. Both are incredibly impressive. Sagae is quite a bit larger now, but Liberty is more showy. Love them both. They get dappled shade all day, then complete shade from about 3pm on. Occasionally, (not even every year), I sprinkle some alfalfa pellets in their vicinity. Otherwise, they are on their own. As other reviewers have stated - this is a 'must have' hosta.


On Feb 18, 2014, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

One of my favorite hostas---big, statuesque, and showy. This is a sport of Hosta 'Sagae' with much wider margins. The variegation begins as gold and fades to cream in all but the shadiest situations.

The form is upright and gracefully vase-shaped, more upright than many other wide-leafed hostas. Looks great as a specimen planted on an elevated spot to show off the habit.


On Aug 24, 2012, mlporiginals from Andover, MN wrote:

I have many hostas (over 100) and other shade plants in my garden and Lilberty is one of my absolute favorites. It is gorgeous. Minnesota has very cold and dreary winters, when Liberty pops out of the ground, its a celebration!


On May 14, 2011, mcintoshcd from Accokeek, MD (Zone 7a) wrote:

Liberty Hostas have been a great performer. They're a little pricey but well worth it. They really standout in the garden. Our little trick to make them so large is to stick a houseplant fertilizer spike at the base of the stem when they emerge in the spring.


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

Plant Patent #12531 - Expiry Date: 11/17/2019