Database Sort Pages

We have information on over 8,000 hostas in our database. Just for fun, we have created a ton of pages to sort that information in various ways.

There are now over 10,000 named cultivars of hosta in the world. So, it can often be fun or a challenge to come up with a name for new cultivars. We have created database sorts to reflect a wide range of hosta naming categories.

       

Whenever we came across some factor that helped to separate one hosta from another, we have noted it in our database. Here are some categories that relate to the types and uses of hostas.

       

Some new hostas come about due to a "spontaneous" change in the color of the leaves of hostas i.e. sports. Others are the result of conscious cross breeding of plants by hybridizers. At times, the parentage, background or the originator of the plant is just plain unknown.

       

The American Hosta Society has ways to recognize outstanding hostas and hostaphiles. These include the Summers, Benedict and Fisher Awards along with their annual popularity poll. Other types of recognition are also noted in our sort pages.

       

While the vast majority of new hosta cultivars originate in the United States, hybridizers and hostaphiles in other countries have also contributed many new hostas. The species hostas come from Japan, Korea and China.

       
 
U.S. States of Origin of Hosta Cultivars

The American Hosta Society in their registration process define 5 size categories for hosta plants. These are based on the height and width dimension of a mature clump.

Perhaps the number one reason for the popularity of hostas is their ability to thrive in low light i.e. shade environments. However, a very close second on the list would be leaf variegation. Hostas as a species seem to produce more variegated plants more often than many other garden plants. Yellow, white or lighter shades of green or blue-green found on the margins, center or scattered throughout the leaf blade define a plant as variegated. In hostas, this occurs in three types of patterns.

       

Environmental stresses such as too much sun, drought, excessive heat and other factors may cause a hosta leaf to change color in a particular year. However, certain types are noted for going through a color change every year regardless of the environment. The standard changes include becoming more white (albescent), more yellow (lutescent) or more green (viridescent). We have also included our own categorey, bluescent' to include those blue-green plants that routinely turn to green as the season progresses.

Hosta flowers come in a beautiful but somewhat limited range of colors from white to lavender to purple. Some are fragrant and others are born in clusters on the flower scapes.

Although the exact date that a hosta will bloom in your garden may vary somewhat from year to year or from location to location, each cultivar is listed with the month or months in which they display their flowers.

       

Seeds are primarily important to hosta hybridizers. Some plants are sterile and do not set seeds at all. Others set seeds but they are not viable i.e. will not germinate. Most hostas, however, set viable seeds.

       

Although hostas are often considered "low maintenance" plants in relation to many other garden species, they do have some problems. We have included a few of these in our database and sorting pages.

       

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