Hosta sieboldiana 'Elegans'

Hosta sieboldiana ‘Elegans’ is THE classic giant sized blue hosta. It was originally described as a cross between 'Fortunei' and Hosta sieboldiana but, according to The Hostapedia by Mark Zilis (2009), it is "...most likely a cross of Hosta sieboldiana with 'Tokudama'." It was first introduced for sale in Germany in 1905 and The American Hosta Society registered the cultivar in 1987.

'Elegans' forms a giant (33 inches high) mound of heavily corrugated, slightly wavy foliage with a deeply lobed base and a distinct tip. It produces funnel shaped, near white flowers in dens clusters in mid June into July.

According to The Hostapedia by Mark Zilis (2009), "When Georg Arends introduced his Funkia fortunei var. robusta, I'm sure that he did not realize the impact that this hybrid would eventually have. In essence, Hosta sieboldiana 'Elegans' introduced thick substance and blue-green foliage color to the hosta world. Almost any hosta with these characteristics hearkens back to Hosta sieboldiana 'Elegans'.

H. sieblodiana 'Elegans' also has the distinction of being a cultivar, but not a clone. This is rare among hosta cultivars. The reason for this is its sluggish growth rate, making propagation by division a slow task...nurserymen eager to increase their stocks...germinated copious numbers of seeds.  Thus, the plants sold as Hosta sieboldiana 'Elegans' today are far removed from the original 'Elegans' and are not identical to each other."

This cultivar has been awarded the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit in the UK.


  1. 'American Misty'
  2. 'Aqua Velva'
  3. 'Big Daddy'
  4. 'Big Mamma'
  5. 'Blue Angel'
  6. 'Blue Frost'
  7. 'Blue Mammoth'
  8. 'Blue Pearl'
  9. 'Blue Rock'
  10. 'Bressingham Blue'
  11. 'Brigham Blue'
  12. 'Brookwood Blue'
  13. 'Century One'
  14. 'Clarence'
  15. 'Cool Change'
  16. 'Devon Giant'
  17. 'Fond Hope'
  18. 'Gallant Heart'
  19. 'Golden Sunburst '
  20. 'Gray Cole'
  21. 'Great Lakes'
  22. 'Harrison'
  23. 'Helen Doriot'
  24. 'Housatonic'
  25. 'Hypophylla'
  26. 'Jay Jay'
  27. 'Jumbo'
  28. 'June Beauty'
  29. 'Kiwi Pacific Blue'
  1. 'Lake Louise'
  2. 'Lakeport Blue'
  3. 'Marge'
  4. 'Mischief'
  5. 'Misty Waters'
  6. 'Mohegan'
  7. 'Nathan Hale'
  8. 'Paradise King'
  9. 'Perry's True Blue'
  10. 'Polly Bishop'
  11. 'Quilted Hearts'
  12. 'Richmond Blues'
  13. 'Ridges'
  14. 'Rosedale Black Hole'
  15. 'Roundhouse Blue'
  16. 'Ryan's Big One'
  17. 'Samuri '
  18. 'Sea Blue'
  19. 'Sea Blue Monster'
  20. 'Silver Anniversary'
  21. 'Silver Award'
  22. 'Sturtevant'
  23. 'Super Nova '
  24. 'Trail's End'
  25. 'Versailles Blue'
  26. 'Willy Nilly'
  27. 'Zager's Giant Puckered'

  1. 'Barbara Ann'
  2. 'Borwick Beauty'
  3. 'Creme de Menthe'
  4. 'Doctor Reath'
  5. 'Foxfire Shadow Dancer'
  6. 'Frances Williams'
  7. 'George Smith'
  8. 'Golden Meadows'
  9. 'Gone Fishin'
  10. 'Great Expectations'
  11. 'Hasamona Jeffrey L. Swarts'
  12. 'Homestead'
  1. 'Myerscough Magic'
  2. 'Northern Comet'
  3. 'Northern Exposure'
  4. 'Northern Halo'
  5. 'Northern Lights'
  6. 'Northern Mist'
  7. 'Northern Star'
  8. 'Northern Sunray'
  9. 'Nutty Husband'
  10. 'Piedmont Gold'
  11. 'Swiss Lady'
  12. 'Temptation'
  13. 'Thunderbolt'

  1. 'Abiqua Drinking Gourd '
  2. 'Abiqua Pagoda'
  3. 'Abiqua Parasol'
  4. 'Agawa'
  5. 'Alabama Bowl'
  6. 'American King of the Woods'
  7. 'American Super Elegans'
  8. 'Birchwood Blue'
  9. 'Bix Blues'
  10. 'Blue Mountain'
  11. 'Blue Plisse'
  12. 'Blue Rock'
  13. 'Blue Saucer'
  14. 'Blue Seer'
  15. 'Blue Thunder'
  16. 'Blue Umbrellas'
  17. 'Bold Ruffles'
  18. 'Bressingham Blue'
  19. 'Brigadier'
  20. 'Buckshaw Blue'
  21. 'Clarence'
  22. 'Crater Lake'
  23. 'Dick Strub'
  24. 'Dorset Charm'
  25. 'Dorset Flair'
  26. 'Edina Heritage'
  27. 'Eleanor J Reath'
  28. 'Ellen F. Weissenberger'
  29. 'Gandalf'
  30. 'Glacial Lake'
  31. 'Gray Cole'
  32. 'Green Saucer'
  33. 'Halcyon'
  34. 'Happiness'
  35. 'Helen Doriot'
  36. 'Herb Altman'
  37. 'Honey Hill Water Ladle'
  38. 'Housatonic'
  39. 'Irene'
  40. 'Irische See'
  41. 'Khaki Krush'
  42. 'Kiwi Black Magic'
  43. 'Kiwi Blue Ruffles'
  1. 'Lady in Waiting'
  2. 'Landslide'
  3. 'Lee Armiger'
  4. 'Lilac Giant'
  5. 'Maui Yellow Kitten'
  6. 'Metallic Sheen'
  7. 'Minnie Klopping'
  8. 'Nesmith Giant'
  9. 'Nightlife'
  10. 'Ocean Tide'
  11. 'Pacific Panorama'
  12. 'Pagoda'
  13. 'Paradise Blue Sky'
  14. 'Prince of Wales'
  15. 'President's Choice'
  16. 'Puckered Giant'
  17. 'Regal Ruffles'
  18. 'Quilted Hearts'
  19. 'Quilted Skies'
  20. 'Rembrandt Blue'
  21. 'Ritz'
  22. 'Roscoe'
  23. 'Rosedale Big Bopper'
  24. 'Rosedale Black Ice'
  25. 'Rosedale Dewy'
  26. 'Rosedale Pebbles'
  27. 'Rosedale Pickles'
  28. 'Rosedale Terraced Hills'
  29. 'Rosedale Tractor Seat'
  30. 'Rosedale Yellow Brick Road'
  31. 'Roy Lee Goodenough'
  32. 'Ryan's Big One'
  33. 'Skookumchuck'
  34. 'Sky Kissed'
  35. 'Stonewall'
  36. 'Summer Snow'
  37. 'Sumi'
  38. 'Sunrise Crinkles'
  39. 'Tidewater'
  40. 'Waterford'
  41. 'Willy Nilly'
  42. 'Woodland Blue'
 

The plant below was labeled "Hosta sieboldiana 'Elegans' - gold" at The Dr. Ralph (Herb) and Dorothy Benedict Hosta Hillside, The American Hosta Society display garden at Michigan State University's Hidden Lake Gardens in Tipton, Michigan.

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