Hosta 'White Feather'


Family: Liliaceae (lil-ee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Hosta (HOSS-tuh) (Info)
Cultivar: White Feather
Hybridized by Heemskerk
Registered or introduced: 2005
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Plant Size (check one):

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


9-12 in. (22-30 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):

Unknown - Tell us

Leaf Substance:

Unknown - Tell us

Leaf Color:

Greenish White

Creamy White

Color of Leaf Margin:

No margin

Number of Vein Pairs:

Fewer than 9

Appearance of Margin:

Slightly Rippled

Margin Width:

No margin

Bloom Time:


Flower Shape:


Flower Fragrance:

No fragrance

Does it set seed?:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Pale Lavender

Medium 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:

Nilwood, Illinois

Columbus, Indiana

Greenfield, Indiana

Oskaloosa, Iowa

Benton, Louisiana

Ann Arbor, Michigan

Saint Paul, Minnesota

Brooklyn, New York

Buffalo, New York

Rochester, New York

Clemmons, North Carolina

Durham, North Carolina

Norman, Oklahoma

Mindoro, Wisconsin

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Oct 13, 2017, janelp_lee from Toronto, ON (Zone 6a) wrote:

When the plants in full sun they actually turn all green. Show the true color in partial shade to full shade the best. Easy to grow and to divide the root bulb. It is a slow grower compare with the most fast growing varieties.


On Jul 20, 2017, MstrPBK from Saint Paul, MN wrote:

Growing Zone: 4; inner city; raised bed
Number of Plants: 2; there is some question if I do have 5.
Plant Seasons: 2 plants are First (one winter) year; the suspected ones are First Season.

I have found this hosta to be interesting. Spring emergence is early (before the snow has fully melted!?) but very slow. The white of the leaves lasts only to the 5th leaf or so (which is perfectly fine), and once it gets past the 5th leaf you might want to stand back just a little because this plant absolutely explodes with leaves. I've not seen a scape yet.

The first year plants each produced 5 spikes in the spring (2017). IF the progression continues these plants might be fully mature hostas in possibly 2 years (as in: 25 divisions for 2018; and 125 di... read more


On Apr 17, 2015, gram_pat from Benton, LA wrote:

I saw this and had to have it -- in fact, I bought three of them. The leaves are beautiful and white when they first emerge from dormancy, but after that, they turn green and there's nothing really unique about the plant.


On Jun 12, 2013, cwaeir from Norman, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

A little bit of a slow grower but very pretty. I have had no problems with it. Not exactly white but more of an off white with a hint of green.


On May 22, 2010, korina777 from Brooklyn, NY wrote:

It is posted on Ebay now.