Listed below are hosta cultivars and species which, according to one or more reference, emerge earlier in the spring than other types. Although these plants may be on display earlier than others, they are also more prone to be damaged by late spring frosts in northern areas. Valued specimens may need to be covered on nights of heavy frost to avoid leaf damage.

 
CultivarPlant SizeLeaf ColorVariegationVar ColorOriginFlower ColorSeasonSourceRegistered
'Aureomarginata', H montanaLargeMed-GreenMarginalYellowUnknownPale-LavenderJulyMaekawa, Dr Fumio & AHS.1986
'Big Boy'GiantMed-Green -HybridPale-LavenderJulySimpers, Lucille.1986
'Blue Angel'GiantBlue/Green -UnknownPure-White-Shaw, Florence.1986
'Crispula'LargeMed-GreenMarginalWhiteUnknownPale-LavenderJulyMaekawa, Dr Fumio.2001
'Fried Bananas'LargeYellow -TC SportPale-LavenderAugustSolberg, Robert.1994
'Fried Green Tomatoes'LargeDark-Green -TC SportPale-LavenderAugust to OctoberSolberg, Robert.1995
'Golden Tiara'MediumMed-GreenMarginalGreenNat-SportDeep-PurpleJuly into AugustSavory, Robert.1977
'Guacamole'LargeLight-Green -Nat-SportPale-LavenderAugust to OctoberSolberg, Robert.1994
H. plantagineaLargeMed-Green -UnknownPure-WhiteAugust to OctoberSpecies from China--NR--
H. venustaMiniatureMed-Green -UnknownPale-LavenderJune into JulySpecies from Korea--NR--
'Kabitan'SmallYellowMarginalGreenNat-SportLight-PurpleAugustMaekawa, Dr Fumio.1987
'Korean Snow'MediumMed-GreenStreakedCreamy WhiteHybridLight-PurpleAugustNiche Gardens & Solberg, Robert.1999
'Lakeside Looking Glass'MediumDark-Green -HybridPale-LavenderAugustChastain, Mary.1997
'Lancifolia'MediumMed-Green -UnknownMed-LavenderAugust to OctoberUnknown--NR--
'PeeDee Gold Flash'SmallBlue/GreenMarginalYellowHybridLight-PurpleJuly into AugustSyre-Herz, Ursula.1987
'Piedmont Gold'LargeYellow -UnknownNear-WhiteJune into JulyStone, David & Payne, Henry.1982
'Sagae'GiantYellowMarginalCreamy WhiteNat-SportPale-LavenderJuly into AugustWatanabe, Kenji & Hagiwara, Eigon.1987
'Shiny Penny'MiniatureYellow -HybridLight-PurpleJulySolberg, Robert.1997
'Tardiflora'SmallMed-Green -HybridPure-WhiteSeptember to OctoberUnknown--NR--
'Undulata'MediumMed-GreenMedialWhiteUnknownPale-LavenderJulyBailey, Liberty Hyde & AHS.2001
'Undulata Albomarginata'MediumMed-GreenMarginalWhiteUnknownPale-LavenderJulyAHS.1987
'Wolverine'MediumDark-GreenMarginalYellowHybridPale-LavenderJuly into AugustWilkins, Dr Jim & Jill.1995
Copyright© 2000 -