Through 2018, we have data from 32 years of hosta polls from The American Hosta Society. While some cultivars come in and out of popularity with the gardening public, several hostas have achieved consistently high ratings in the polls over many years.

Listed below are the top hostas based on average ranking over at least ten years in the general hosta polls. Below that is the complete list of hostas that have been included in at least one poll.

At the bottom of the page are the results of the Small Hosta Polls.

Don't forget that these rankings represent where these hostas rank among an estimated 10,000 or more named individuals. So, a ranking of 25 or even 50 is pretty good.

'June' 1.8 20 'Striptease' 11.3 18
'Sagae' 2.7 30 'Tokudama Aureonebulosa' 11.8 12
'Sum and Substance' 3.6 30 'Patriot' 12.0 15
'Liberty' 5.7 13 'Love Pat' 13.8 20
'Gold Standard' 6.8 20 'Halcyon' 14.3 27
H. montana 'Aureomarginata' 8.2 30 'Niagara Falls' 14.3 12
'Paul's Glory' 8.4 19 'Guardian Angel' 14.6 16
'Guacamole' 8.9 18 'Sun Power' 14.7 22
'Paradigm' 9.1 16 'Regal Splendor' 16.0 22
'Krossa Regal' 9.5 27 'Elegans' 16.2 16
'Golden Tiara' 9.6 10 'Fragrant Bouquet' 16.6 13
'First Frost' 9.6 10 'Francee' 16.7 11
'Blue Angel' 9.7 28 'Whirlwind' 17.9 16
'Frances Williams' 9.9 16 'Chōkō Nishiki' ('On Stage') 21.5 18
'Great Expectations' 10.7 27      
           

 

 

'June' 20 1.8

1999 #8
2000 #4
2001 #4
2002 #2

2003 #1
2004 #1
2005 #1
2006 #1

2007 #1
2008 #1
2009 #2
2010 #1

2011 #2
2012 #1
2013 #1
2014 #1

2015 #1
2016 #1
2017 #1
2018 #1

'Sagae' 30 2.7
1985 #12
1990 #4
1991 #3
1992 #3
1993 #2
1994 #5
1995 #2
1996 #5
1997 #2
1998 #6
1999 #1
2000 #1
2001 #2
2002 #1
2003 #2
2004 #2
2005 #2
2006 #2
2007 #2
2008 #2
2009 #1
2010 #2
2011 #1
2012 #2
2013 #2
2014 #2
2015 #2
2016 #5
2017 #2
2018 #2
'Sum and Substance' 30 3.6
1985 #10
1990 #1
1991 #1
1992 #1
1993 #1
1994 #1
1995 #1
1996 #1
1997 #1
1998 #1
1999 #2
2000 #2
2001 #1
2002 #3
2003 #3
2004 #3
2005 #3
2006 #6
2007 #3
2008 #11
2009 #4
2010 #18
2011 #4
2012 #4
2013 #5
2014 #5
2015 #4
2016 #3
2017 #6
2018 #3
'Liberty' 13 5.7
2006 #21
2007 #18
2008 #3
2009 #3
2010 #3
2011 #3
2012 #3
2013 #3
2014 #3
2015 #3
2016 #2
2017 #3
2018 #6  

 

 
H. venusta 1 6.0
1975 #6     ** Also included in Small Hosta List
'Gold Standard' 20 6.8
1984 #2
1985 #2
1991 #2
1992 #2
1993 #4
1994 #2
1995 #4
1996 #2
1997 #3
1998 #5
1999 #6
2000 #7
2001 #9
2002 #12
2003 #9
2004 #10
2005 #15
2006 #15
2007 #15
2008 #9
'Louisa' 1 7.0
1975 #7        
'Crispula' 3 8.0
1975 #3
1984 #6
1985 #15      
H. montana 'Aureomarginata' 31 8.2
1984 #3
1985 #5
1990 #2
1991 #5
1992 #5
1993 #5
1994 #4
1995 #6
1996 #4
1997 #4
1998 #8
1999 #7
2000 #8
2001 #8
2002 #11
2003 #11
2004 #14
2005 #10
2006 #12
2007 #10
2008 #12
2009 #11
2010 #4
2011 #9
2012 #8
2013 #6
2014 #13
2015 #11
2016 #15
2017 #10
2018 #14
'Paul's Glory' 19 8.4
1994 #16
1995 #9
1996 #10
1997 #8
1998 #4
1999 #3
2000 #6
2001 #5
2002 #6
2003 #4
2004 #4
2005 #6
2006 #7
2007 #9
2008 #7
2009 #9
2010 #14
2011 #15
2016 #18
'Victory' 6 8.8
2013 #16
2014 #12
2015 #7
2016 #7
2017 #4
2018 #7
   
H. ventricosa 'Aureomarginata' 8 8.8
1975 #5
1985 #7
1990 #6
1991 #6
1992 #6
1993 #11
1994 #12
1996 #17
   
'Guacamole' 18 8.9
1998 #19
1999 #12
2000 #11
2001 #6
2002 #5
2003 #5
2004 #5
2005 #5
2006 #4
2007 #8
2008 #4
2009 #10
2010 #10
2011 #6
2012 #17
2013 #11
2014 #7
2015 #15
'Journey's End' 1 9.0
2018 #9        
'Paradigm' 16 9.1
2003 #21
2004 #13
2005 #8
2006 #9
2007 #7
2008 #13
2009 #6
2010 #5
2011 #8
2012 #6
2013 #10
2014 #8
2015 #9
2016 #12
2017 #7
2018 #4
 
'Golden Tiara' 10 9.2
1984 #8
1985 #3
1990 #3
1991 #7
1992 #7
1993 #6
1994 #11
1995 #14
1996 #8
1997 #25  
'Krossa Regal' 27 9.5
1975 #2
1984 #4
1985 #3
1990 #7
1991 #10
1992 #10
1993 #8
1994 #7
1995 #8
1996 #6
1997 #6
1998 #10
1999 #10
2000 #9
2001 #13
2002 #10
2003 #8
2004 #8
2005 #7
2006 #19
2007 #6
2009 #8
2011 #12
2012 #9
2014 #16
2015 #21
2017 #18
'First Frost' 10 9.6
2008 #25
2009 #12
2010 #8
2011 #13
2012 #7
2013 #4
2014 #9
2015 #6
2016 #4
2017 #8  
'Blue Angel' 28 9.7
1990 #14
1991 #11
1992 #11
1993 #16
1994 #15
1995 #12
1996 #11
1997 #14
1998 #7
1999 #9
2000 #12
2001 #12
2002 #9
2003 #13
2004 #9
2005 #9
2006 #5
2007 #4
2008 #5
2009 #5
2010 #21
2011 #10
2012 #5
2013 #7
2014 #6
2015 #5
2016 #9
2017 #5
'Frances Williams' 16 9.9
1975 #5
1984 #1
1985 #1
1990 #9
1991 #8
1992 #8
1993 #12
1994 #6
1995 #5
1997 #10
1998 #12
1999 #16
2000 #13
2001 #11
2002 #20
2003 #23
 
'Goodness Gracious' 1 10.0
2018 #10        
'Great Expectations' 27 10.7
1990 #5
1991 #4
1992 #4
1993 #3
1994 #3
1995 #2
1996 #2
1997 #7
1998 #2
1999 #5
2000 #3
2001 #3
2002 #4
2003 #7
2004 #7
2005 #16
2006 #14
2007 #17
2008 #23
2009 #17
2010 #22
2011 #20
2012 #18
2014 #20
2015 #16
2016 #24
2017 #17

 

 
'Wheee!' 1 11.0
2018 #11        
'Striptease' 18 11.3
1999 #22
2000 #16
2001 #20
2002 #8
2003 #6
2004 #6
2005 #4
2006 #3
2007 #5
2008 #6
2009 #13
2010 #13
2011 #16
2012 #10
2013 #18
2014 #15
2015 #8
2016 #14
'Tokudama Aureonebulosa' 12 11.8
1975 #12
1984 #9
1985 #5
1990 #8
1991 #12
1992 #12
1993 #10
1994 #8
1995 #13
1996 #12
1997 #19
1999 #21
 
'Patriot' 15 12.0
1994 #19
1995 #7
1996 #7
1997 #5
1998 #3
1999 #4
2000 #5
2001 #7
2002 #7
2003 #17
2004 #15
2005 #18
2006 #23
2008 #20
2009 #24
 
'Lakeside Paisley Print' 4 12.3
2015 #22
2016 #13
2017 #9
2018 #5
     
'Honeybells' 1 13.0
1975 #13        
'Orange Marmalade' 6 13.5
2008 #14
2012 #15
2013 #8
2014 #21
2015 #12
2016 #11
   
'Love Pat' 20 13.8
1990 #10
1991 #9
1992 #9
1993 #7
1994 #9
1995 #10
1996 #9
1997 #9
1998 #13
1999 #14
2000 #15
2001 #16
2002 #18
2003 #15
2004 #16
2005 #21
2006 #17
2009 #21
2010 #15
2015 #23
'Mira' 1 14.0
1975 #14        
'Halcyon' 27 14.3
1990 #21
1991 #16
1992 #17
1993 #17
1994 #14
1995 #11
1996 #13
1997 #11
1998 #11
1999 #13
2000 #14
2001 #17
2002 #23
2003 #14
2004 #11
2005 #11
2006 #11
2007 #14
2008 #10
2009 #16
2010 #23
2013 #13
2014 #18
2015 #18
2016 #10
2017 #1
22018 #8
'Niagara Falls' 12 14.3
2007 #22
2008 #22
2009 #19
2010 #7
2011 #5
2012 #13
2013 #9
2014 #10
2015 #17
2016 #20
2017 #14
2018 #13
 
'Stained Glass' 8 14.5
2004 #24
2005 #14
2006 #8
2007 #11
2008 #8
2009 #18
2012 #11
2014 #22
   
'Guardian Angel' 16 14.6
2003 #14
2004 #21
2005 #24
2006 #13
2007 #24
2008 #19
2009 #14
2010 #16
2011 #7
2012 #22
2013 #17
2014 #4
2015 #10
2016 #6
2017 #11
2018 #12
 
'Sun Power' 22 14.7
1990 #11
1991 #13
1992 #13
1993 #9
1994 #17
1995 #16
1996 #16
1997 #13
1998 #17
1999 #15
2000 #19
2001 #18
2002 #22
2003 #20
2004 #12
2005 #13
2007 #19
2010 #12
2011 #11
2013 #12
2014 #11
2015 #14
'Sun Power' 20 15.0
1990 #11
1991 #13
1992 #13
1993 #9
1994 #17
1995 #16
1996 #16
1997 #13
1998 #17
1999 #15
2000 #19
2001 #18
2002 #22
2003 #20
2004 #12
2005 #13
2007 #19
2010 #12
2011 #11
2013 #12
2014 #11
2015 #14
H. ventricosa 'Aureomaculata' 1 15.0
1975 #15        
'Winter Snow' 1 15.0
2018 #15        
'Empress Wu' 3 15.0
2014 #24
2016 #8
2017 #13      
'Shade Fanfare' 4 15.6 1992 #15, 1994 #18, 1996 #18, 1997 #12
'Praying Hands' 8 15.8
2008 #24
2009 #20
2010 #6
2011 #17
2012 #16
2014 #14
2015 #13
2016 #16
   

 

 
'Aspen Gold' 1 16.0 1975 #16
'Regal Splendor' 22 16.0
1990 #32
1991 #31
1993 #13
1994 #20
1995 #19
1996 #19
1997 #16
1999 #17
2000 #17
2001 #10
2002 #13
2003 #10
2004 #17
2005 #12
2006 #10
2007 #13
2008 #15
2009 #7
2010 #11
2011 #22
2012 #12
2014 #17
'Elegans' 16 16.2
1975 #2
1985 #10
1990 #12
1991 #17
1992 #16
1993 #15
1994 #13
1995 #15
1996 #14
1997 #21
1998 #16
1999 #18
2000 #18
2001 #25
2002 #25
2004 #22
 
'Shade Fanfare' 7 16.6
1985 #23
1990 #15
1991 #15
1992 #15
1994 #18
1996 #18
1997 #12    
'Fragrant Bouquet' 13 16.6
1995 #20
1996 #20
1997 #15
1998 #9
1999 #11
2000 #10
2001 #14
2002 #14
2003 #16
2004 #23
2005 #22
2007 #21
2012 #21  
'Francee' 11 16.7
1985 #14
1990 #20
1991 #18
1992 #18
1993 #14
1994 #10
1995 #17
1996 #15
1997 #20
1998 #18
2000 #20
 
'Blue Boy' 1 17.0
1975 #17        
'August Moon' 8 17.3
1975 #9
1984 #7
1985 #12
1990 #19
1991 #22
1992 #22
1993 #23
1996 #24
   
'Tokudama' 2 17.5
1975 #11
1985 #24
       
'Earth Angel' 3 17.7
2012 #14
2016 #19
2017 #20      
'Whirlwind' 16 17.9
1993 #20
1997 #22
1998 #14
1999 #20
2001 #15
2002 #16
2003 #12
2004 #20
2005 #20
2006 #20
2007 #23
2008 #16
2009 #15
2010 #17
2015 #20
2016 #17
 
'Fortunei Gigantea' 1 18.0
1975 #18        
'Antioch' 5 18.2
1985 #15
1990 #16
1991 #19
1992 #19
1993 #22    
'Tokudama Flavocircinalis' 7 18.3
1985 #24
1990 #17
1991 #14
1992 #14
1993 #19
1999 #25
2002 #15    
'Cathedral Windows' 2 18.5
2011 #14
2014 #23
       
'Rainbow's End' 2 18.5
2016 #21
2017 #16
       
'Abiqua Drinking Gourd' 9 18.7
2004 #25
2005 #17
2006 #16
2007 #16
2008 #18
2010 #24
2011 #18
2012 #20
2013 #14
   
'Kabitan' 7 18.9
1975 #21
1984 #10
1985 #9
1990 #27
1991 #21
1992 #21
1996 #23    
'Atlantis' 1 19.0
2011 #19        
'Flamboyant' 1 19.0
1985 #19        
'Fortunei Aureomarginata' 1 19.0
1975 #19        
'Neptune' 2 19.0
2013 #15
2016 #23
       
'Night before Christmas' 1 19.0
2014 #19        
'Old Glory' 1 19.0
2017 #19        
H. plantaginea 7 19.1
1975 #4
1985 #8
1990 #29
1991 #23
1992 #23
1997 #23
1999 #24    
'Piedmont Gold' 5 19.4
1985 #15
1990 #18
1991 #20
1992 #20
1993 #24    
'Moon Glow' 1 20.0
1985 #20        
'Autumn Frost' 1 20.0
2013 #20        
'Brother Stefan' 4 20.0
2011 #24
2015 #19
2016 #22
2017 #15
     
'Fortunei Albopicta' 1 20.0
1975 #20        
'Inniswood' 8 20.3
1990 #30
1999 #23
2001 #19
2002 #17
2003 #18
2004 #18
2005 #19
2006 #18
   
'Wide Brim' 3 20.3
1990 #13
1991 #26
1996 #22      
'El Nino' 6 20.5
2009 #25
2010 #9
2011 #21
2012 #24
2013 #19
2014 #25
   

 

 
'Chōkō Nishiki'
('On Stage
')
18 21.5
1990 #30
1991 #33
1993 #21
1995 #18
1996 #21
1997 #18
1998 #15
1999 #19
2001 #21
2002 #24
2003 #19
2004 #19
2005 #23
2006 #22
2007 #20
2008 #21
2009 #23
2010 #20
'Rainforest Sunrise' 2 21.5
2012 #19
2015 #24
       
'Spilt Milk' 7 21.8
2001 #21
2002 #19
2003 #22
2006 #25
2007 #25
2008 #17
2011 #23    
'Blue Mouse Ears' 5 21.8
2006 #24
2007 #12
2009 #22
2010 #19
2011 #25 ** Also included in Small Hosta List
H. lancifolia minor alba 1 22.0
1975 #22        
'Ginko Craig' 1 22.0
1985 #22        
'Fire and Ice' 1 23.0
2001 #23        
'Minnie Klopping' 1 23.0
1975 #23        
'Gay Feather' 1 23.0
1990 #23        
'Pandora's Box' 3 23.3
2001 #24
2002 #21
2003 #25   ** Also included in Small Hosta List
'Janet' 4 23.8
1985 #20
1990 #22
1991 #28
1993 #25
     
'Pearl Lake' 1 24.0
1985 #24        
'Ruffles' 1 24.0
1975 #24        
'Curly Fries' 2 24.0
2012 #23
2016 #25
       
'Summer Music' 2 24.5
1997 #24
2005 #25
       
'Northern Halo' 4 24.8
1990 #31
1991 #25
1992 #25
1993 #18
     
'Royal Standard' 3 25.0
1975 #10
1985 #15
1991 #49      
'Christmas Tree' 4 25.0
1990 #35
1991 #24
1992 #24
1997 #17
     
Hadspen Blue' 2 25.0
1985 #23
1991 #27
       
'Touch of Class' 2 25.0
2010 #25
2015 #25
       
'So Sweet' 1 25.0
2012 #25        
'Sweet Susan' 1 25.0
1975 #25        

 

 
'Dorothy Benedict' 1 26.0
1990 #26        
'Blue Umbrellas' 2 28.0
1990 #24
1991 #32
       
'Sugar and Cream' 2 28.5
1990 #28
1991 #29
       
'Zounds' 2 31.5
1990 #25
1991 #38
       
'Aspen Gold' 3 33.7
1975 #16
1990 #39
1991 #46      
'Big Daddy' 1 34.0
1991 #34        
'Brim Cup' 1 36.0
1991 #36        
'Golden Scepter' 2 36.0
1990 #37
1991 #35
       
'Alvatine Taylor' 1 36.0
1990 #36        
'Blue Wedgwood' 2 37.0
1990 #34
1991 #40
       
H. nigrescens 1 37.0
1991 #37        
'Northern Lights' 1 38.0
1990 #38        
'Black Hills' 2 38.0
1990 #33
1991 #43
       
'Donahue's Piecrust' 1 39.0
1991 #39        
'White Christmas' 1 40.0
1990 #40        
'Golden Prayers' 1 41.0
1991 #41        
'Allan P. McConnell' 1 41.0
1990 #41        
'Lemon Lime' 1 42.0
1991 #42        
'Color Glory' 1 43.0
1990 #43        
'Little Aurora' 1 44.0
1991 #44        
'Golden Sculpture' 1 45.0
1991 #45        
'Blue Moon' 1 47.0
1991 #47        
'Invincible' 1 48.0
1991 #48        
'Iron Gate Glamour' 1 50.0
1991 #50        
'Midas Touch' 1 51.0
1991 #51        

 

Starting in 2003, it was determined that there needed to be a separate poll for "Small" hostas since the top rated cultivars in the other poll were all of the large to giant size types. We have accumulated 16 small hosta polls to date.

The top hostas (with 5 or more years on the list) would include:

 
'Blue Mouse Ears' 1.5 10   'Tiny Tears' 5.6 11
'Pandora's Box' 1.6 16   'Cracker Crumbs' 5.9 9
'Baby Bunting' 2.5 6   'Popo' 6.3 8
'Cameo'. 4.0 11   'Curly Fries' 6.8 5
'Lemon Lime' 4.3 7   H. venusta 7.0 9
'Dragon Tails' 4.3 6   'Twist of Lime' 8.0 6
'Frosted Mouse Ears' 5.3 8        

'Blue Mouse Ears' 10 1.5
2003 #4
2008 #2
2009 #1
2010 #2
2011 #1
2012 #1
2013 #1
2014 #1
2015 #1
2016 #1  
'Pandora's Box' 16 1.6
2003 #1
2004 #1
2005 #1
2006 #1
2007 #1
2008 #1
2009 #2
2010 #1
2011 #2
2012 #2
2013 #1
2014 #2
2015 #2
2016 #3
2017 #2
2018 #2
 
'Little Sunspot' 1 2.0
2003 #2        
'Mini Skirt' 2 2.5
2016 #2
2018 #3
       
'Baby Bunting' 6 2.5
2004 #3
2005 #2
2006 #2
2007 #2
2008 #3
2009 #3
   
'Cameo' 11 4.0
2009 #4
2010 #7
2011 #3
2012 #8
2013 #3
2014 #3
2015 #5
2016 #6
2017 #1
2018 #1
2017 #4
 
'Stiletto' 1 4.0
2013 #4        
'Lemon Lime' 7 4.3
2003 #3
2004 #2
2005 #3
2006 #3
2007 #3
2008 #8
2009 #8    
'Dragon Tails' 6 4.3
2010 #5
2011 #4
2013 #6
2014 #4
2015 #5
2016 #7
   
'Church Mouse' 1 5.0
2018 #5        
'Medusa' 1 5.0
2003 #5        
'Frosted Mouse Ears' 8 5.3
2010 #9
2011 #5
2012 #4
2013 #7
2014 #5
2016 #5
2017 #3
2018 #4
   
'Tiny Tears' 11 5.6
2003 #6
2004 #6
2005 #4
2006 #4
2007 #4
2008 #4
2009 #6
2010 #6
2011 #7
2012 #7
2014 #8
 
'Cracker Crumbs' 9 5.9
2008 #7
2009 #5
2010 #4
2012 #9
2013 #5
2014 #6
2015 #4
2016 #8
2017 #5
   
'Popo' 8 6.3
2003 #9
2004 #4
2005 #5
2006 #5
2007 #9
2008 #5
2010 #3
2011 #10
   
'Country Mouse' 2 6.5
2009 #10
2012 #3
       
'Curly Fries' 5 6.8
2012 #10
2013 #8
2014 #9
2015 #3
2016 #4    
'Chartreuse Wiggles' `1 7.0
2014 #7        
 H. venusta 9 7.0
2003 #7
2004 #10
2005 #6
2006 #6
2007 #6
2008 #6
2011 #6
2012 #6
2013 #10
   
'Green Eyes' 4 7.5
2004 #8
2005 #7
2006 #7
2007 #8
     
'Cherish' 3 7.6
2011 #8
2012 #5
2014 #10      
'Dixie Chickadee' 1 8.0
2010 #8        
'Twist of Lime' 6 8.0
2003 #8
2004 #5
2005 #10
2006 #10
2007 #5
2008 #10
   
'Cat and Mouse' 2 8.0
2009 #7
2011 #9
       
'Vanilla Cream' 3 8.7
2004 #7
2005 #10
2006 #9      
'Cookie Crumbs' 4 8.8
2004 #9
2005 #8
2006 #8
2007 #10
     
'Pixie Vamp' 2 9.0
2009 #9
2016 #9
       
'Little Wonder' 2 9.5
2007 #10
2013 #9
       
'Daisy Doolittle' 1 10.0
2010 #10        
'Shiny Penny' 1 10.0
2003 #10        

 

 
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