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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. 'I-80'
  2. 'I Bluit'
  3. 'I Can't Get No Satisfaction'
  4. 'I Dream of Jeanne'
  5. 'I Got Rhythm'
  6. 'I Remember'
  7. 'I Spy'
  8. 'Ian Windslow'
  9. 'Ian's Crystal Ball'
  10. 'Ibaraki-K'
  11. 'Ibis'
  12. 'Ibuki Gibōshi'
  13. H. ibukiensis
  14. 'Ibukiyama Gibōshi'
  15. 'Ice Age'
  16. 'Ice Age Blaze'
  17. 'Ice Age Trail'
  18. 'Ice Cap'
  19. 'Ice Castle'
  20. 'Ice Cave'
  21. 'Ice Cream'
  22. 'Ice Cream Streaked'
  23. 'Ice Crystals'
  24. 'Ice Cube'
  25. 'Ice Flow'
  26. 'Ice Follies'
  27. 'Ice King'
  28. 'Ice Palace'
  29. 'Ice Prancer'
  30. 'Ice Queen'
  31. 'Iceberg'
  32. 'Iced Lemon'
  33. 'Iceland'
  34. 'Iceman Cometh'
  35. 'Ichabod Crane'
  36. 'Ichi-ban'
  37. 'Icicle'
  38. 'Icy Fog'
  39. 'Icy Halo'
  40. 'Icy Roads'
  41. 'Icy Waters'
  42. 'Iggie'
  43. 'Iichiro'
  44. 'Ilona'
  45. 'I'll Fly Away'
  46. 'I'll Have Another'
  47. 'Il Gallo d'Oro'
  48. 'Iliamna Monster'
  49. 'Iliad'
  50. 'Illicit Affair'
  51. 'Illini'
  52. 'Illusions'
  53. 'I'm My Kid's Mom'
  54. 'I'm So Blue'
  55. 'I'm So Pretty'
  56. 'I'm the Mom'
  57. 'Imagine'
  58. 'Imagine Love'
  59. 'Imagine Seedling #309'
  60. 'Immense'
  61. 'Immerse'
  62. 'Imp'
  63. 'Impact'
  64. 'Imperial Crown'
  65. 'Imperial Dragon'
  66. 'Imperial Majesty'
  67. 'Imperial Moth'
  68. 'Imperial Palace'
  69. 'Imperial Potentate'
  70. 'Impressionist'
  71. 'Impressive'
  72. 'Impressive Reject'
  73. 'In the Chips'
  74. 'In the Line of Duty'
  75. 'In the Ruff'
  76. 'Inagodadivida'
  77. 'Inaho'
  78. 'Inca Gold'
  1. 'Inca Sun'
  2. 'Incognito'
  3. 'Incoming'
  4. 'Incoming Tide'
  5. 'Incredible'
  6. 'Incredible Hulk'
  7. 'Incredible Hunk'
  8. 'Indecent Island'
  9. 'Independence'
  10. 'Independence Day'
  11. 'Indian Feather'
  12. 'Indian Hills'
  13. 'Indian Princess'
  14. 'Indian Summer' (Goodwin)
  15. 'Indian Summer' (Summers)
  16. 'Indiana Blue'
  17. 'Indiana Bob'
  18. 'Indiana Bob's Emerald'
  19. 'Indiana Bob's Lost Ark'
  20. 'Indiana Feathers'
  21. 'Indiana Knight'
  22. 'Indiana Moonshine'
  23. 'Indianapolis Blue'
  24. 'Indigo'
  25. 'Indigo Cup'
  26. 'Indigo Dip'
  27. 'Indy Fan Favorite'
  28. 'Indy Finish Line'
  29. 'Indy Parade Lap'
  30. 'Indy Winners' Circle'
  31. 'Infatuation'
  32. 'Inka Dinka Do'
  33. 'Inkwell'
  34. 'Inky Dinky'
  35. 'Inland Sea'
  36. 'Innisglow'
  37. 'Innisjade'
  38. 'Inniswood'
  39. 'Innocent Desire'
  40. 'Innovation'
  41. 'Inocquous'
  42. 'Insomniac'
  43. 'Inspire Greatness'
  44. 'Instant Karma'
  45. 'Instant Gratification'
  46. 'Insurrection'
  47. 'Intaglio'
  48. 'Interstate 71'
  49. 'Intrigue'
  50. 'Intrigue Green'
  51. 'Intrinsic Twisted Sister'
  52. 'Introvert'
  53. 'Invincible'
  54. 'Invincible Spirit'
  55. 'Invocation'
  56. 'Io'
  57. 'Iona'
  58. 'Iowa City Lights'
  59. 'Iowa Hawkeye'
  60. 'Iowa Moon'
  61. 'Iowa Moonshine'
  62. 'Irene'
  63. 'Iris Frazier'
  64. 'Irische See'
  65. 'Irish Breeze'
  66. 'Irish Coast'
  67. 'Irish Cream'
  68.  IRISH DIAMONDS
  69. 'Irish Eyes'
  70. 'Irish Fling'
  71. 'Irish Hills'
  72. 'Irish Jig'
  73. 'Irish Longlegs'
  74. 'Irish Luck'
  75. 'Irish Mist'
  76. 'Irish Moon'
  77. 'Irish Moss'
  78. 'Irish Pastures'
  1. 'Irish Pearl'
  2. 'Irish Ribbons'
  3. 'Irish Sea'
  4. 'Irish Spring'
  5. 'Iron Butterfly'
  6. 'Iron Curtain'
  7. 'Iron Gate Bouquet'
  8. 'Iron Gate Delight'
  9. 'Iron Gate Glamour'
  10. 'Iron Gate Special'
  11. 'Iron Gate Supreme'
  12. 'Iron Gate Supreme Green'
  13. 'Iron Sky'
  14. 'Iroquois'
  15. 'Isis'
  16. 'Isla de Tazas'
  17. 'Isla la Cucaracha'
  18. 'Isla Siete'
  19. 'Isla Verde'
  20. 'Island Breeze'
  21. 'Island Charm'
  22. 'Island Delight'
  23. 'Island Fling'
  24. 'Island Flourish'
  25. 'Island Forest'
  26. 'Island Forest Gem'
  27. 'Island Heartbreaker'
  28. 'Island of Cups'
  29. 'Island of Orleans'
  30. 'Island Queen'
  31. 'Island Sea'
  32. 'Island Seven'
  33. 'Island Splendour'
  34. 'Island Sun'
  35. 'Island Velvet'
  36. 'Island Waves'
  37. 'Isle Royal'
  38. 'Islip Gold'
  39. 'Isshiki Fukurin Mizu'
  40. 'Issy'
  41. 'Iszat U Doc'
  42. 'Iszat U Emmerson'
  43. 'It'
  44. 'It Rocks'
  45. 'Itasca'
  46. 'Ito Maru'
  47. 'It's a Winner'
  48. 'It's My Party'
  49. 'It's So Big'
  50. 'It's a Jungle Out There'
  51. 'Itsy Bitsy Spider'
  52. 'Itty Bitty'
  53. 'Itty Blue'
  54. 'Itty Gold'
  55. 'Itty Rainbow'
  56. 'Iva Delight'
  57. 'Ivanhoe'
  58. 'Ivatine Taylor'
  59. 'Ivory Coast'
  60. 'Ivory Frame'
  61. 'Ivory Necklace'
  62. 'Ivory Pixie'
  63. 'Ivory Queen'
  64. 'Ivory Queen Streaked'
  65. 'Ivory Snow'
  66. 'Ivory Tiara'
  67. 'Ivory Tower'
  68. 'Ivy Parody'
  69. 'Iwa'
  70. 'Iwa G'
  71. 'Iwa Shimizu'
  72. 'Iwa Soules'
  73. 'Iwa Urajiro Daifukurin'
  74. 'Iwa Yara Moto'
  75. 'Iwa Yoto Moto'
  76. 'Iwama'
  77. 'Iwato'
  78. 'Iya Gibōshi'
  79. 'Izumi'


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