Hosta 'Karen'

Family: Liliaceae (lil-ee-AY-see-ee)
Genus: Hosta (HOSS-tuh)
Cultivar: Karen
Hybridized by Olson 1999

Plant Size (check one)
Miniature (leaf 2.0-6.0 square inches; plant 4-6 tall)
Small (leaf 6.0-25 square inches; plant 6-10 tall)

12-15 in. (30-38 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

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)
Slightly Shiny

Leaf Texture (bottom)
Glaucous Bloom

Leaf Substance

Leaf Color
Medium Blue-Green

Color of Leaf Margin
Creamy White
Pure White

Number of Vein Pairs
Fewer than 9

Appearance of Margin
Flat/Nearly Flat

Margin Width
1/2" - 1"

Bloom Time

Flower Shape

Flower Fragrance
No fragrance

Does it set seed?

Bloom Color
Pale Lavender

Foliage Color

Bloom Characteristics

Water Requirements
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow