Where do all those beautiful new cultivars of hosta come from anyway? Well, from people! The term "cultivar" is a cultivated variety of a plant which means that it is grown by people and is not found in nature (that would be a species). The person or people who discover or propagate a new looking hosta are known as the originator(s).

One way of keeping track of all the thousands of different cultivars is to register them with The American Hosta Society which acts as the International Registrar for the Genus Hosta. Unfortunately, many new hostas are never registered which may lead to a fair amount of confusion for the gardening public.

When a hosta cultivar is registered, the form asks for the name of the person who: 1. Originated the cultivar i.e. hybridized it, found it, etc.; 2. Named the cultivar; 3. Introduced it into distribution; and 4. Registered it. In most cases, the answer to all 4 is the same name. However, there are times when all 4 or any combination of the names may be different.

The following list is of people who have either registered or originated a cultivar or both. In some cases, multiple people are listed for a single cultivar or a person has registered a cultivar on behalf of someone else. Although most of the originators are from the U.S. a significant group are also from other countries in the world.



  1. Sanford, Matt
  2. Santa Lucia, Vic
  3. Sauve, Criste
  4. Savory, Dennis
  5. Savory, Robert
  6. Sawyer, Rick
  7. Scheer, Alttara
  8. Schembs, Michael
  9. Schmid, Tom
  10. Schmid, W. George
  11. Schmidt, Bevie
  12. Schmidt, Jon
  13. Schulte, Steve
  14. Schulz, Ed
  15. Schwarz, Jim
  16. Scolnik, Patricia
  17. Seaver, Charles
  18. Seaver, Mildred
  19. Sebright Gardens
  20. Sellers, Van
  21. Serifin, Viktoria
  22. Shadrack, Mike
  23. Shaw, Florence
  24. Shimizu, Toshirou
  25. Shugart, Janet
  26. Silvers, Bill
  27. Simmering, Ron
  28. Simpers, Lucille
  29. Sisson, Kathie
  30. Skaggs, Virginia & Brian
  1. Skrocki, Ed
  2. Sligh, Barry
  3. Smetana, Don
  4. Smith, Eric
  5. Smith, Fred
  6. Sneyers, Rob
  7. Snyder, Ron
  8. Solberg, Robert
  9. Soucek, Rachel & John
  10. Soules, Clarence
  11. Soules, Marjorie
  12. Spence, Jim
  13. Springer, Judy
  14. Squires, Keith
  15. Stadden, Josh
  16. Stark, Gunther
  17. Stegeman, Beverly & Dave
  18. Stephens, Ray
  19. Stone, David
  20. Strandberg, Mark
  21. Stratton, John & Elizabeth
  22. Stygall, Pat
  23. Suggs, Natalee
  24. Sugita, Hajime
  25. Sugita and Ruh Hostas
  26. Sully, Marcia
  27. Summers, Alex
  28. Suzuki, Kichigoro
  29. From Switzerland
  30. Syre-Herz, Ursula

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