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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 been nominated in the polls over many years.

Listed below are the top hostas based on number of years of appearance 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.

H. montana 'Aureomarginata' 8.2 31 'Chōkō Nishiki'
(aka 'On Stage
')
21.0 19
'Sagae' 2.7 31 'Guacamole' 8.9 18
'Sum and Substance' 3.6 31 'Striptease' 11.3 18
'Blue Angel' 10.0 29 'Paradigm' 9.1 17
'Halcyon' 13.7 28 'Guardian Angel' 14.6 16
'Great Expectations' 10.7 27 'Whirlwind' 17.9 16
'Krossa Regal' 9.5 27 'Frances Williams' 9.9 16
'Regal Splendor' 16.0 22 'Elegans' 16.2 16
'Sun Power' 14.7 22 'Patriot' 12.0 15
'June' 1.8 21 'Liberty' 5.4 14
'Love Pat' 13.8 21 'Fragrant Bouquet' 16.6 13
'Gold Standard' 6.8 20 'Niagara Falls' 14.0 13
'Paul's Glory'

8.9

20

'First Frost' 10.4 11

 

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
'Sagae' 31 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
2019 #4
'Sum and Substance' 31 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
2019 #5
'Blue Angel' 29 10.0
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
2019 #20
'Halcyon' 28  13.7
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
2018 #8
2019 #13
'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
'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
'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
'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
'June' 21 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
2019 #1
'Love Pat' 21 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
2019 #15
'Paul's Glory' 20 8.9
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
2019 #19
'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

 

 
'Chōkō Nishiki'
(aka 'On Stage
')
19 21.0
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
2019 #16
'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
'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
'Paradigm' 17 9.0
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
2019 #9
'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
 
'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
 
'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
 
'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
 
'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
 

 

 
'Liberty' 14 5.4
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
2019 #2
 
'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  
'Niagara Falls' 13 14.0
2007 #22
2008 #22
2009 #19
2010 #7
2011 #5
2012 #13
2013 #9
2014 #10
2015 #17
2016 #20
2017 #14
2018 #13
2019 #12
'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
 
'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
 
'First Frost' 11 10.4
2008 #25
2009 #12
2010 #8
2011 #13
2012 #7
2013 #4
2014 #9
2015 #6
2016 #4
2017 #8
2019 #18
 
'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  

 

'Abiqua Drinking Gourd' 9 18.7
2004 #25
2005 #17
2006 #16
2007 #16
2008 #18
2010 #24
2011 #18
2012 #20
2013 #14
   
'August Moon' 8 17.3
1975 #9
1984 #7
1985 #12
1990 #19
1991 #22
1992 #22
1993 #23
1996 #24
   
H. ventricosa 'Aureomarginata' 8 8.8
1975 #5
1985 #7
1990 #6
1991 #6
1992 #6
1993 #11
1994 #12
1996 #17
   
'Inniswood' 8 20.3
1990 #30
1999 #23
2001 #19
2002 #17
2003 #18
2004 #18
2005 #19
2006 #18
   
'Praying Hands' 8 15.8
2008 #24
2009 #20
2010 #6
2011 #17
2012 #16
2014 #14
2015 #13
2016 #16
   
'Stained Glass' 8 14.5
2004 #24
2005 #14
2006 #8
2007 #11
2008 #8
2009 #18
2012 #11
2014 #22
   
'Kabitan' 7 18.9
1975 #21
1984 #10
1985 #9
1990 #27
1991 #21
1992 #21
1996 #23    
H. plantaginea 7 19.1
1975 #4
1985 #8
1990 #29
1991 #23
1992 #23
1997 #23
1999 #24    
'Shade Fanfare' 7 16.6
1985 #23
1990 #15
1991 #15
1992 #15
1994 #18
1996 #18
1997 #12    
'Spilt Milk' 7 21.8
2001 #21
2002 #19
2003 #22
2006 #25
2007 #25
2008 #17
2011 #23    
'Tokudama Flavocircinalis' 7 18.3
1985 #24
1990 #17
1991 #14
1992 #14
1993 #19
1999 #25
2002 #15    
'Victory' 7 8.6
2013 #16
2014 #12
2015 #7
2016 #7
2017 #4
2018 #7
2019 #7  
'El Nino' 6 20.5
2009 #25
2010 #9
2011 #21
2012 #24
2013 #19
2014 #25
   
'Orange Marmalade' 6 13.5
2008 #14
2012 #15
2013 #8
2014 #21
2015 #12
2016 #11
   
'Antioch' 5 18.2
1985 #15
1990 #16
1991 #19
1992 #19
1993 #22    
'Blue Mouse Ears' 5 21.8
2006 #24
2007 #12
2009 #22
2010 #19
2011 #25 ** Also included in Small Hosta List
'Brother Stefan' 5 19.4
2011 #24
2015 #19
2016 #22
2017 #15
2019 #17    
'Lakeside Paisley Print' 5 10.4
2015 #22
2016 #13
2017 #9
2018 #5
2019 #3    
'Piedmont Gold' 5 19.4
1985 #15
1990 #18
1991 #20
1992 #20
1993 #24    

 

'Christmas Tree' 4 25.0
1990 #35
1991 #24
1992 #24
1997 #17
     
'Janet' 4 23.8
1985 #20
1990 #22
1991 #28
1993 #25
     
'Northern Halo' 4 24.8
1990 #31
1991 #25
1992 #25
1993 #18
     
'Earth Angel' 4 16.0
2012 #14
2016 #19
2017 #20
2019 #11
     
'Aspen Gold' 3 33.7
1975 #16
1990 #39
1991 #46      
'Crispula' 3 8.0
1975 #3
1984 #6
1985 #15      
'Empress Wu' 3 15.0
2014 #24
2016 #8
2017 #13      
'Pandora's Box' 3 23.3
2001 #24
2002 #21
2003 #25   ** Also included in Small Hosta List
'Royal Standard' 3 25.0
1975 #10
1985 #15
1991 #49      
'Wide Brim' 3 20.3
1990 #13
1991 #26
1996 #22      
'Rainbow's End' 3 14.3
2016 #21
2017 #16
2019 #6      
'Autumn Frost' 2 15.0
2013 #20 2019 #10      
'Black Hills' 2 38.0
1990 #33
1991 #43
       
'Blue Umbrellas' 2 28.0
1990 #24
1991 #32
       
'Blue Wedgwood' 2 37.0
1990 #34
1991 #40
       
'Cathedral Windows' 2 18.5
2011 #14
2014 #23
       
'Curly Fries' 2 24.0
2012 #23
2016 #25
       
'Golden Scepter' 2 36.0
1990 #37
1991 #35
       
Hadspen Blue' 2 25.0
1985 #23
1991 #27
       
'Neptune' 2 19.0
2013 #15
2016 #23
       
'Rainforest Sunrise' 2 21.5
2012 #19
2015 #24
       
'Sugar and Cream' 2 28.5
1990 #28
1991 #29
       
'Summer Music' 2 24.5
1997 #24
2005 #25
       
'Tokudama' 2 17.5
1975 #11
1985 #24
       
'Touch of Class' 2 25.0
2010 #25
2015 #25
       
'Wheee!' 2 9.5
2018 #11 2019 #8      
'Zounds' 2 31.5
1990 #25
1991 #38
       
'Allan P. McConnell' 1 41.0
1990 #41        
'Alvatine Taylor' 1 36.0
1990 #36        
'Atlantis' 1 19.0
2011 #19        
'Big Daddy' 1 34.0
1991 #34        
'Blue Boy' 1 17.0
1975 #17        
'Blue Moon' 1 47.0
1991 #47        
'Brim Cup' 1 36.0
1991 #36        
'Color Glory' 1 43.0
1990 #43        
'Donahue's Piecrust' 1 39.0
1991 #39        
'Dorothy Benedict' 1 26.0
1990 #26        
'Fire and Ice' 1 23.0
2001 #23        
'Flamboyant' 1 19.0
1985 #19        
'Fortunei Albopicta' 1 20.0
1975 #20        
'Fortunei Aureomarginata' 1 19.0
1975 #19        
'Fortunei Gigantea' 1 18.0
1975 #18        
'Gay Feather' 1 23.0
1990 #23        
'Ginko Craig' 1 22.0
1985 #22        
'Golden Prayers' 1 41.0
1991 #41        
'Golden Sculpture' 1 45.0
1991 #45        
'Goodness Gracious' 1 10.0
2018 #10        
'Honeybells' 1 13.0
1975 #13        
'Invincible' 1 48.0
1991 #48        
'Iron Gate Glamour' 1 50.0
1991 #50        
'Journey's End' 1 9.0
2018 #9        
'Key West' 1 14.0
2019 #14        
H. lancifolia minor alba 1 22.0
1975 #22        
'Lemon Lime' 1 42.0
1991 #42        
'Little Aurora' 1 44.0
1991 #44        
'Louisa' 1 7.0
1975 #7        
'Midas Touch' 1 51.0
1991 #51        
'Minnie Klopping' 1 23.0
1975 #23        
'Mira' 1 14.0
1975 #14        
'Moon Glow' 1 20.0
1985 #20        
H. nigrescen 1 37.0
1991 #37        
'Night before Christmas' 1 19.0
2014 #19        
'Northern Lights' 1 38.0
1990 #38        
'Old Glory' 1 19.0
2017 #19        
'Pearl Lake' 1 24.0
1985 #24        
'Ruffles' 1 24.0
1975 #24        
'So Sweet' 1 25.0
2012 #25        
'Sweet Susan' 1 25.0
1975 #25        
H. ventricosa 'Aureomaculata' 1 15.0
1975 #15        
H. venusta 1 6.0
1975 #6 ** Also included in Small Hosta List
'White Christmas' 1 40.0
1990 #40        
'Winter Snow' 1 15.0
2018 #15        

 

Starting in 2003it 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.

Listed below are the small hostas ranked on the number of years they have appeared in the AHS poll.

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

 
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