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Hosta 'First Frost'


Family: Liliaceae (lil-ee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Hosta (HOSS-tuh) (Info)
Cultivar: First Frost
Hybridized by Scolnik-Solberg
Registered or introduced: 2002
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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)

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:

Intensely Blue-Green

Color of Leaf Margin:


Creamy White

Pure White

Number of Vein Pairs:

Fewer than 9

9 to 11

Appearance of Margin:

Flat/Nearly Flat

Margin Width:

1/8" - 1/4"

1/4" - 1/2"

Bloom Time:

Unknown - Tell us

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:

Lawrenceville, Georgia

Marietta, Georgia

Machesney Park, Illinois

Elberfeld, Indiana

Revere, Massachusetts

Ann Arbor, Michigan

Dearborn Heights, Michigan

Royal Oak, Michigan

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Ranier, Minnesota

Litchfield, New Hampshire

Jamesburg, New Jersey

Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Norristown, Pennsylvania

Lexington, Virginia

Eau Claire, Wisconsin

Lake Delton, Wisconsin

Marion, Wisconsin

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Gardeners' Notes:


On May 25, 2017, PotPlantas from Lynnwood, WA wrote:

This hosta can be captivating! I first saw it at a garden store but didn't buy it. However, I could not get it off my mind, and went back to get it two days later. After a week, I got another one. What makes this hosta special? I believe it is the color combination: bright yellow border on dark blue-green leaf. The rim is just wide enough to accentuate the leaf. As a sport of June, it carries the genes of good substance, steady growth, and exposure tolerance. The juvenile may have very narrow yellow border, but will grow wider when mature.


On May 21, 2014, JenDion from Litchfield, NH (Zone 5b) wrote:

The photos here don't really do this plant justice. It's got great blue color with a nice yellow margin. Seems to be moderate-slow growing, but it's really quite eye-catching, so totally worth it in my opinion.


On Aug 18, 2010, LD2 from Minneapolis, MN wrote:

I just bought this hosta so don't know much about it yet. I do know that it was 2010 Hosta of the Year by the American Hosta Growers Assn.


On Jun 30, 2004, jody from MD &, VA (Zone 7b) wrote:

Margin starts yellow then turns white. Flower scapes 22"-28". Sport of H. Halcyon, P. Scolnik/R. Solberg 2002.