Hosta 'Cat's Eye'

This cultivar from Japan has H. venusta in its background and it was introduced by Dan Heims of Terra Nova Nurseries in Oregon. It is a miniature size plant with green foliage that has a yellow medial (center) variegation. The yellow changes to a creamy white color later in the season. Pale purple flowers bloom in July.

According to The Hostapedia by Mark Zilis (2009), " used in a trough or small, shallow container."

The Book of Little Hostas by Kathy and Michael Shadrack (2010) says: "Early examples of this variety were difficult to grow, but a more robust strain seems to have been established. An excellent plant for the trough and tray that will need time to establish."

The New Encyclopedia of Hostas by Diana Grenfell (2009) states in its Miniature Hostas chapter: "Until a root system is well established, keep in a pot and do not divide...growth rate will always be much slower than that of a green-leaved H. venusta...A two-tone effect in the central variegation at midsummer between the first flush of leaves that then assumes a yellow variegation; the new leaves emerge with ivory-white centers."

Sometimes incorrectly called H. 'Cat's Eyes'.


In answer to a question about growing smaller hostas that appeared in The Hosta Journal (2012 Vol. 43 No. 2), Chuck & Sue Anderson of Mason Hollow Nursery in New Hampshire made the following comment, "H. 'Cat's Eye' is so small that it gets lost in the garden. Plant it in a crevice between rocks with well-drained gravelly soil or in a planter."

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