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New hostas come about as the result of asexual changes in the genetics of a plant called sports or through sexual reproduction (seeds) involving human manipulation (hyrbridizing) or through random action of bees in the garden. Either way, the resulting plants share the DNA and physical traits of the parent plants which can be of interest to Hostaphiles. These plants are the ancestors or "Background" hostas for each cultivar.

Listed on these 2021 index pages are the over 13,700 hosta names in the Hosta Helper Database. For each of the names, we have tried to gather information on 10 categories related to a particular cultivar or species. These include its use as a pod parent, pollen parent or sport parent. The genetic background of the plant is included where known. Plants that are considered the "Same As" or are similar looking or which have similar sounding names have been added. Siblings which came from the same hybridizing cross or from a single batch of tissue culture sports are noted.

Also included may be certain "type" plants. For instance, many hostas are said to be Tardiana-like or a H. 'Sieboldiana' -type although their precise genetic background is not known.

 Note: This list includes hostas in our database and may not include ALL hostas that might fit this category.
- Indicates cultivars or species which include multiple pages with more detailed information about their background.
  1. "1928-7-WE"
  2. "1928-11-WE"
  3. '1999'
  4. 'Nadine'
  5. 'Nagaba'
  6. 'Nagaba Mizu'
  7. 'Nagaba Musashino'
  8. 'Nagaeto'
  9. 'Nagasaki Gibōshi'
  10. 'Nagasu'
  11. 'Nakafu', H. cathayana
  12. 'Nakafu Kiyosumi'
  13. 'Nakafu', H. kiyosumiensis
  14. 'Nakafu', H. longissima longifolia
  15. 'Nakafu Nagaba Mizu'
  16. 'Nakafu Tsugaru'
  17. 'Nakafu Tsugaru Komachi'
  18. 'Nakai', H. clausa
  19. 'Nakai', H rectifolia
  20. H. nakaiana
  21. H. nakaiana minor
  22. 'Nakaimo'
  23. 'Nakatsu'
  24. 'Naked Lady'
  25. 'Nakota'
  26. 'Nambu Musou'
  27. 'Nameoki'
  28. 'Nameru Gibōshi'
  29. 'Namichidori' (Japan)
  30. 'Namichidori' (Unknown)
  31. 'Nanc'
  32. 'Nanci'
  33. 'Nancy'
  34. 'Nancy Gill'
  35. 'Nancy Krul'
  36. 'Nancy Lindsay'
  37. 'Nancy Minks'
  38. 'Nancy Minks Streaked'
  39. 'Nancy Minks Supreme'
  40. 'Nancy National Hero'
  41. 'Nangoku'
  42. 'Nankai'
  43. 'Nankai Gibōshi'
  44. 'Nano'
  45. 'Nantucket'
  46. 'Naomi'
  47. 'Napoleon'
  48. 'Nashty Business'
  49. 'Naseweiss'
  50. 'Nasu Nishiki'
  51. 'Nasu-no-haru'
  52. 'Nasu-no-homare'
  53. 'Natalie'
  54. 'Nate the Great'
  55. 'Nathan Hale'
  56. 'Nathan Nirvana'
  57. 'Nathan's Legacy'
  58. 'National Arboretum'
  59. 'National Forest'
  60. 'National Treasure'
  61. 'National Velvet'
  62. 'Natural Bridge'
  63. 'Nature Green'
  64. 'Nature's Watercolor'
  65. 'Naugoku Hort'
  66. 'Naughty Niece'
  67. 'Navajo'
  68. 'Navy Seal'
  69. 'Near Miss'
  70. 'Neat and Tidy'
  71. 'Neat Splash'
  72. 'Neat Splash Fleck'
  73. 'Neat Splash Rim'
  74. 'Ned'
  75. 'Needham Yellow'
  76. 'Needle Point'
  1. 'Needlepoint'
  2. 'Needle's Eye'
  3. 'Neelix'
  4. 'Neeta'
  5. 'Nefertiti'
  6. 'Nellie Grey'
  7. 'Nello and Patrasche'
  8. 'Nemesis'
  9. 'Neon Glory'
  10. 'Neptune'
  11. 'Neptune Blue'
  12. 'Neptune's Chariot'
  13. 'Nesmith's Giant'
  14. 'Netta Statham'
  15. 'Netzwerk'
  16. 'Neulpureum1'
  17. 'Neutrino'
  18. 'Neutron Star'
  19. 'Nevermore'
  20. 'New Day'
  21. 'New Gold Dream'
  22. 'New Kid on the Block'
  23. 'New Miss'
  24. 'New Moon'
  25. 'New Tradition'
  26. 'New Wave'
  27. 'New Zealand Nugget'
  28. 'Newberry Gold'
  29. 'Newborn'
  30. 'Nezperce'
  31. 'Ngaire Dawn'
  32. 'Niagara Falls'
  33. 'Niagara on the Lake'
  34. 'Nicholas James'
  35. 'Nick Balash'
  36. 'Nickelodeon'
  37. 'Nicki Sue Axmear'
  38. 'Nicola'
  39. 'Nicole'
  40. 'Nifty Fifty'
  41. 'Nigel Dark'
  42. 'Night and Day'
  43. 'Night at the Opera'
  44. 'Night before Christmas'
  45. 'Night Flight'
  46. 'Night Music'
  47. 'Night Shades'
  48. 'Night Shift'
  49. 'Night Skye'
  50. 'Night Train'
  51. 'Nightcrawler'
  52. 'Nightfall'
  53. 'Nightlife'
  54. 'Nikazaki'
  55. 'Nikazaki Mizu'
  56. 'Nike'
  57. 'Niki Mouse'
  58. 'Nikitude'
  59. 'Nikkma'
  60. 'Nikko'
  61. 'Nikkou'
  62. 'Niko'
  63. H. nigrescens
  64. 'Nina Ricci'
  65. 'Nina Smiles'
  66. 'Nine Nine Nine'
  67. 'Nine O'Clock'
  68. 'Ninkasa'
  69. 'Nioi-no-Mai'
  70. 'Nippers'
  71. 'Nirajunah'
  72. 'Nirvana'
  73. 'Nishi Neko'
  74. 'Nishiki Akikaze'
  75. 'Nishikigawa'
  76. 'No Frills'
  1. 'No Use Crying'
  2. 'Noah's Ark'
  3. 'Noah's Rainbow'
  4. 'Nobility'
  5. 'Noble Eagle'
  6. 'Noble Nirvana'
  7. 'Noble One'
  8. 'Noel'
  9. 'Nokogiriyama'
  10. 'Nokon-no-Yuki'
  11. 'None Lovelier'
  12. 'Nonsense'
  13. 'Nonsuch'
  14. 'Nooks and Crannies'
  15. 'Nooner'
  16. 'Nordatlantik'
  17. 'Nordic Racer'
  18. 'Nor'easter'
  19. 'Norma'
  20. 'Norma Jeane's Evening Gown'
  21. 'Norma's Afternoon'
  22. 'North Atlantic'
  23. 'North Bay Nugget'
  24. 'North Hills'
  25. 'North Pacific High'
  26. 'North Point'
  27. 'North Star'
  28. 'North Wind'
  29. 'Northern Beauty'
  30. 'Northern Comet'
  31. 'Northern Exposure'
  32. 'Northern Halo'
  33.  NORTHERN HALO
  34. 'Northern Halo' - Wade Form
  35. 'Northern Hemisphere'
  36. 'Northern Heritage'
  37. 'Northern Iowa Wrestling'
  38. 'Northern Lights'
  39.  NORTHERN LIGHTS
  40. 'Northern Mist'
  41.  NORTHERN MIST
  42. 'Northern Mist Grey'
  43. 'Northern Mystery'
  44. 'Northern Star'
  45. 'Northern Sunray'
  46.  NORTHERN SUNRAY
  47. 'Northern Touch'
  48. 'Northland Queen'
  49. 'Northwest Textures'
  50. 'Northwind'
  51. 'Norwalk Chartreuse'
  52. 'Not So'
  53. 'Nothin but Blue Skies'
  54. 'Nothing but Sweetness'
  55. 'Nougat'
  56. 'Nouzang'
  57. 'Now'
  58. 'Now and Then'
  59. 'Nu Star'
  60. 'Nuestra Señora de Atocha'
  61. 'Nuggles'
  62. 'Nuked'
  63. 'Nuki Girl'
  64. 'Number One'
  65. 'Number 9'
  66. 'Number Nine'
  67. H. numor hakujima
  68. 'Nutty Husband'
  69. 'Nutty Professor'
  70. 'Nyikos'
  71. 'Nymph'
  72. 'NYPD Blue'


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