Hosta Helper is
devoted to the number one selling
genus of herbaceous perennials for the landscape in
the U.S. today. As the trees in our yards increase in
size, more and more gardeners find themselves working in an
environment dominated by shade. Among the many plants adapted to
these conditions, hostas have emerged as the type most
commonly used in totally or partially shaded gardens.
website specializes in all things associated with the
"Queen of the Shade", the Hosta.
Thanks to Don Rawson, Past-President of the West Michigan Hosta
Society, for creating this site back in the 1990s. He gathered a lot of good
information on a few hundred hostas to share with other gardeners. Around 1999, Don turned
the site over to us so he could devote more time to his own hosta
garden. Since that time, we have greatly expanded the
number of hostas to over 13,300 names (including
duplicates and invalid ones) . Thanks for stopping by!
probably more than 11,000 different hostas with
6,115 cultivars registered with
American Hosta Society through 2019. Determining which ones
fit the needs of your landscape can be a daunting
task for the home gardener.
the traits that set one hosta apart from another
hosta? Well, that is a complex question. We have
tried to simplify some of that information in our
Classifying Hostas Section.
Helper Collection - So far, we have included information
on over 13,300 cultivar and species
names in our database. This includes both registered and
non-registered plants along with duplicate, incorrect or out-dated
names. We also display 8,219 pictures of 4,061 different
that we have taken in public and private
gardens, nurseries and at 17
Over 2,000 of the pictures have been donated for
display by 24 generous hostaphiles. You can find our complete listing of pictured and
non-pictured hostas in alphabetical order in our
Hosta Cultivar Section.
Starting in about the
1930s, gardeners started becoming involved in using
hostas in the landscape. Early pioneers such as
Liberty Hyde Bailey and
Eunice V. Fisher started
organizing and hybridizing hostas. Way before them,
plant explorers such as
Philip von Siebold were
exploring Asia and discovering hostas in the early
have created 413 short biographies for people who
have contributed to the world of hostas in some way.
This ranges from writing books about them like
The Genus Hosta to people who
have hybridized new cultivars such as
(Herb) Benedict and
Hostaphiles section to become familiar with this
group of wonderful people who have chosen to become
leaders in hybridizing, promoting and educating
others about hostas.
With all the variety in sizes, shapes and colors of
hosta leaves, stems and flowers, the possible number
of combinations becomes mind boggling. To bring some
organization to this chaotic problem, we have
created a hosta database with information on all of the
relevant hosta characteristics by cultivar and
species. Also listed in the database are data on
originators and hosta registrations.
As with many species of popular plants, hosta
enthusiasts have joined together to form numerous
international, national and local
hosta groups to share
their knowledge and joy in hosta gardening.
Key to the hosta fan is
American Hosta Society which provides members with
two printed versions of their wonderful publication,
The Hosta Journal and one Online The Hosta
Journal each year. They also hosta an annual
convention in various parts of the country where you
can meet other enthusiasts and see magnificent tour
The AHS offers many
awards to its members for their contributions to the
organization. They produce annual
Hosta Popularity Poll results and are the home of
International Registrar for the Genus Hosta.
In addition to the national organization, there are many
state, local and
regional organizations devoted to hostas. There are
also international groups such as the
British Hosta and Hemrocallis Society and
The Dutch Hosta Society.
Although hostas are often considered "low
maintenance" plants, they are best when given at
least some loving care. Also, in recent years,
several pests and other problems have become more
common as the number of hostas has multiplied
in our landscapes.
Care pages will give you tips on
companion plants for hostas,
propagation, and much more.
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