There are currently over 13,700 named hostas in our database of which about 7,038 are actually registered with The American Hosta Society. As with any large collection of plants, there are some that have withstood the test of time and others have faded into quiet obscurity.

Listed below are some of the All-Time Classic Hostas as defined by Mr PGC himself. Of course, selection for this list is based on thorough research and long-term experience in the world of Hostadom. The highly scientific criteria used in the cultivar selection process provided that chosen cultivars must meet one or more of the following:

1. It has been around for a "long time".
2. It is a darn nice plant to have in your garden.
3. A hosta that most enthusiasts know or should know.
4. Used to create other great hostas by sport or seed.
5. It was interesting & unique when first introduced.
6. We have a picture of it.
7. Mr PGC thinks it belongs...after all it is his list.
 
No.CultivarPlant SizeLeaf ColorVariegationVar ColorOriginFlower ColorSeasonSourceRegistered
1 'Abba Dabba Do'LargeDark-GreenMarginalGreenish WhiteSportPale-LavenderJuly into AugustAvent, Tony.1998
2 'Abiqua Drinking Gourd'LargeBlue/Green--HybridNear-WhiteJune into JulyPurtymun, Charles.1989
3 'All That Jazz'LargeDark-GreenMarginalWhiteHybridPure-WhiteJuly into AugustPetryszyn, Olga.2006
4 'Allan P. McConnell'MediumMed-GreenMarginalWhiteUnknownPale-LavenderJuly into AugustMcConnell, Allan & Seaver, Mildred.1980
5 'Allegan Fog'MediumMed-GreenStreakedSpecklesHybridPale-LavenderJuly into AugustHerrema, Ken & Ruh, Peter.2000
6 'Ani Machi'MediumMed-GreenMedialGreenish WhiteUnknownLight-PurpleAugust to SeptemberRuh, Peter & Ruh, Jean.2002 .2018
7 'Anna Karenina'----Hybrid--Moore, Jeff--NR--
8 'Antioch'LargeMed-GreenMarginalCreamy WhiteUnknownPale-LavenderJuly into AugustTompkins, Cynthia & Hofer, Paul & Ruh, Peter.1979
9 'Aphrodite'LargeMed-Green--SportPure-WhiteAugust to OctoberMaekawa, Dr Fumio & Schmid, W. George & Walek, Kevin.2009
10 'Aspen Gold'LargeYellow--HybridNear-WhiteJune into JulyGrapes, Vivian.1986
11 'August Moon'LargeYellow--HybridPale-LavenderJuly into AugustLangfelder, Richard & Ruh, Peter.1996
12 'Aureomarginata', H. montanaLargeMed-GreenMarginalYellowSportPale-LavenderJulyMaekawa, Dr Fumio & The American Hosta Society.1986
13 'Aurora Borealis'LargeBlue/GreenMarginalYellowSportNear-WhiteJune into JulyRudolph, Thelma & Walters Gardens.1986
14 'Baby Bunting'SmallBlue/Green--HybridDeep-PurpleJune into JulySavory, Robert.1982
15 'Beatrice Breeder'MediumDark-GreenStreakedWhiteSportPale-LavenderJuly into AugustZumbar, Wm & Walek, Kevin.2009
16 'Big Daddy'LargeBlue/Green--SportPure-WhiteJune into JulyShaw, Florence.1978
17 'Big John'GiantMed-Green--HybridNear-WhiteJune into JulyOwens, Clarence.1986
18 'Birchwood Elegance'GiantBlue/Green--HybridPure-WhiteJune into JulyShaw, Florence.1986
19 'Blonde Elf'SmallYellow--SportLight-PurpleJulyAden, Paul & Zilis, Mark.2010
20 'Blue Angel'GiantBlue/Green--HybridPure-White-Shaw, Florence.1986
21 'Blue Cadet'SmallBlue/Green--HybridPale-LavenderJuly into AugustShaw, Florence.1974
22 'Blue Mammoth'GiantBlue/Green--UnknownNear-WhiteJune into JulyAden, Paul & Ruh, Peter & Ruh, Jean.2010
23 'Blue Mouse Ears'MiniatureBlue/Green--TC SportPale-Lavender-Deckert, Emile & Deckert, Jane.2000
24 'Bold Edger'MediumMed-GreenMarginalWhiteHybridPale-Lavender-Vaughn, Kevin.1983
25 'Brave Attempt'MediumBlue/GreenStreakedYellowSportPale-LavenderJune into JulySilvers, Bill.2007
26 'Breeder's Choice'MediumMed-GreenMarginalWhiteHybridPale-LavenderJune into JulyVaughn, Kevin.1987
27 'Brim Cup'MediumMed-GreenMarginalCreamy WhiteHybridPale-LavenderJune into JulyAden, Paul.1986
28 'Brother Ronald'MediumBlue/Green--UnknownPure-WhiteJuly into AugustSmith, Eric & British Hosta and Hemerocallis Society.1988
29 'Brother Stefan'LargeYellowMarginalGreenish WhiteHybridPure-WhiteJune into JulyPetryszyn, Olga.1998
30 'Cascades'MediumBlue/GreenMedialWhiteHybridPure-WhiteJulyLachman, Wm & Lachman, Eleanor.1993
31 'Cathedral Windows'GiantBlue/GreenMedialYellowTC SportPale-LavenderAugustHansen, Hans & Shady Oaks Nursery.2005
32 'Chartreuse Wiggles'SmallYellow--HybridLight-PurpleAugustAden, Paul.1976
33 'Cherry Berry'MediumBlue/GreenMarginalWhiteHybridLight-PurpleJuly into AugustLachman, Wm & Lachman, Eleanor.1991
34 'Chinese Sunrise'MediumMed-GreenMarginalGreenish WhiteSportPale-LavenderAugust to SeptemberSchaeffer, Robert & Ruh, Peter.1992
35 'Choko Nishiki'MediumMed-Green--SportPale-LavenderJulyAsami, Hisatoyo & The American Hosta Society & Zilis, Mark.2012
36 'Choo Choo Train'LargeYellow--UnknownPale-LavenderJulyAvent, Tony.1999
37 'Christmas Tree'LargeDark-GreenMarginalWhiteHybridMed-LavenderJune into JulyVaughn, Kevin & Seaver, Mildred.1982
38 'City Lights'LargeYellow--HybridNear-WhiteJune into JulyAden, Paul.1978
39 'Color Glory'LargeBlue/GreenMedialYellowHybridPale-Lavender-Aden, Paul.1980
40 'Crispula'LargeMed-GreenMarginalWhiteUnknownPale-LavenderJulyMaekawa, Dr Fumio.2001
41 'Curly Fries'MediumLight-Green--HybridDeep-PurpleAugustSolberg, Robert.2008
42 'Decorata'MediumDark-GreenMarginalWhiteUnknownDeep-PurpleJuly into AugustBailey, Liberty Hyde & The American Hosta Society.2001
43 'Designer Genes'MediumLight-Green--HybridLight-PurpleJulyWrede, Arthur.2005
44 'Dick Ward'LargeYellowMarginalBlue-GreenSportPale-LavenderJune into JulyHatfield, Handy.1991
45 'Don Stevens'MediumMed-GreenMarginalWhiteUnknownLight-PurpleAugustSeaver, Mildred.2005
46 'Donahue Piecrust'LargeMed-Green--HybridPure-WhiteJune into JulyDonahue, Thomas & Ruh, Peter.1999
47 'Dorothy Benedict'MediumMed-GreenStreakedYellowHybridNear-WhiteJune into JulyBenedict, Dr Ralph (Herb).1983
48 'Dorset Blue'SmallBlue/Green--UnknownPale-LavenderAugustSmith, Eric & Aden, Paul.1977
49 'Dream Weaver'MediumBlue/GreenMedialWhiteSportPure-WhiteJuneRuetenik, Bonnie & Walek, Kevin.1996
50 'Earth Angel'GiantBlue/GreenMarginalCreamy WhiteSportNear-WhiteJune into JulyHansen, Hans.2002
51 'El Nino'MediumBlue/GreenMarginalWhiteHybridPale-LavenderJuly into AugustWarmerdam, Piet.2003
52 'Elata'GiantDark-Green--UnknownPale-LavenderJune into JulyHylander, Nils & The American Hosta Society.2002
53 'Elatior'GiantBlue/Green--SportNear-WhiteJuly into AugustMaekawa, Dr Fumio & Ruh, Peter.2002
54 'Elegans'GiantBlue/Green--HybridPale-LavenderJune into JulyArends, George & The American Hosta Society.1987
55 'Ellerbroek'LargeMed-GreenMarginalYellowSportPale-LavenderJuly into AugustHylander, Nils & Ellerbroek, Paul & Ruh, Peter.1996
56 'Empress Wu'GiantDark-Green--HybridPale-LavenderJune into JulySkaggs, Virginia & Skaggs, Brian.2008
57 'Fascination'MediumMed-GreenStreakedCreamy WhiteHybridPale-Lavender-Shaw, Florence & Ruh, Peter.1978
58 'Feather Boa'SmallYellow--HybridLight-PurpleJulyO'Harra, Russ.1991
59 'Fire and Ice'MediumMed-GreenMedialWhiteSportPale-LavenderJuly into AugustHansen, Hans.1999
60 'First Frost'MiniatureBlue/GreenMarginalCreamy WhiteSportPale-LavenderJuly into AugustScolnik, Patricia & Solberg, Robert.2002
61 'Flamboyant'MediumYellowStreaked-UnknownPale-Lavender-Tompkins, Chet & Aden, Paul.1978
62 'Fortunei'LargeMed-Green--UnknownPale-LavenderJuly into AugustUnknown--NR--
63 'Fragrant Bouquet'LargeMed-GreenMarginalYellowHybridPale-LavenderJuly into AugustVaughn, Kevin & The American Hosta Society.1982
64 'Francee'MediumMed-GreenMarginalWhiteUnknownPale-LavenderJuly into AugustKlopping, Minnie & The American Hosta Society.1986
65 'Frances Williams'LargeBlue/GreenMarginalYellowSportPale-LavenderJuly into AugustWilliams, Frances & Williams, Connie.1986
66 'Fried Green Tomatoes'LargeDark-Green--TC SportPale-LavenderAugust to OctoberSolberg, Robert.1995
67 'Frosted Jade'GiantMed-GreenMarginalWhiteHybridPure-White-Maroushek, Lillian.1978
68 'Geisha'SmallMed-GreenMarginalGreenish WhiteUnknownPale-Lavender-Vaughn, Kevin--NR--
69 'Ginko Craig'MediumMed-GreenMarginalWhiteUnknownLight-PurpleAugust to OctoberCraig, Jack & Summers, Alex.1986
70 'Gold Drop'MediumYellow--HybridPure-White-Anderson, Kenneth.1977
71 'Gold Edger'MediumYellow--HybridPale-LavenderJune into JulyAden, Paul.1978
72 'Gold Regal'GiantYellow--UnknownMed-LavenderJulyUnknown & Aden, Paul.1974
73 'Gold Standard'LargeMed-GreenMarginalYellowSportPale-LavenderJuly into AugustBanyai, Pauline.1976
74 'Golden Tiara'MediumMed-GreenMarginalGreenSportDeep-PurpleJuly into AugustSavory, Robert.1977
75 'Great Expectations'MediumBlue/GreenMedialYellowSportPure-WhiteJune into JulyBond, John & Aden, Paul.1988
76 'Green Angel'GiantMed-Green--TC SportNear-WhiteJuneKlehm, Roy.1990
77 'Green Fountain'LargeMed-Green--HybridPale-LavenderAugust to OctoberAden, Paul.1979
78 'Guacamole'LargeLight-Green--SportPale-LavenderAugust to OctoberSolberg, Robert.1994
79 'Guardian Angel'LargeBlue/GreenMedialWhiteSportNear-WhiteJune into JulyThompson, Rick & Thompson, Criss.1995
80 'Hadspen Heron'MediumBlue/Green--UnknownPale-LavenderJuly into AugustSmith, Eric & Aden, Paul.1976
81 'Halcyon'SmallBlue/Green--HybridPale-LavenderJuly into AugustSmith, Eric & The American Hosta Society.1988
82 'Honeybells'LargeMed-Green--HybridPale-LavenderAugust to OctoberCumming, Alex & The American Hosta Society.1986
83 Hosta montana macrophyllaGiantDark-Green--SportPale-LavenderJune into JulyJapan--NR--
84 Hosta plantagineaLargeMed-Green--SpeciesPure-WhiteAugust to OctoberSpecies from China--NR--
85 'Inniswood'MediumYellowMarginalGreenSportPale-LavenderJuneInnis Metro Gardens.1993
86 'Invincible'MediumMed-Green--HybridPale-LavenderAugustAden, Paul.1986
87 'Janet'MediumLight-GreenMarginalGreenSportPale-LavenderJuly into AugustO'Harra, Russ.1981
88 'June'MediumYellowMarginalBlue GreenTC SportPale-LavenderAugustNEO Plants Ltd..1991
89 'Just So'SmallYellowMarginalGreenHybridPale-LavenderJune into JulyAden, Paul.1986
90 'Kabitan'SmallYellowMarginalGreenSportLight-PurpleAugustMaekawa, Dr Fumio.1987
91 'Krossa Regal'GiantBlue/Green--HybridPale-LavenderJuly into AugustKrossa, Gus & Summers, Alex.1980
92 'Lakeside Paisley Print'SmallDark-GreenMedialWhiteUnknownPale-LavenderJulyChastain, Mary.2006
93 'Lancifolia'MediumMed-Green--UnknownMed-LavenderAugust to OctoberUnknown--NR--
94 'Lemon Lime'MediumLight-Green--HybridDeep-PurpleJulySavory, Robert.1977
95 'Liberty'LargeBlue/GreenMarginalYellowTC SportPale-LavenderJuly into AugustMachen, John.2000
96 'Love Pat'LargeBlue/Green--HybridPale-Lavender-Shaw, Florence & Aden, Paul.1978
97 'Minuteman'LargeMed-GreenMarginalWhiteSportMed-LavenderJuly into AugustMachen, John.1995
98 'Neat Splash'MediumMed-GreenMarginalWhiteHybridLight-PurpleJuly into AugustAden, Paul.1978
99 'Neat Splash Rim'MediumBlue/GreenMarginalYellowSportLight-PurpleJuly into AugustThe American Hosta Society.1986
100 'Niagara Falls'GiantMed-Green--HybridPale-LavenderJulyBrincka, Wm & Petryszyn, 0lga.1991
101 'On Stage'----Duplicate--Duplicate Name--NR--
102 'Orange Marmalade'LargeMed-GreenMedialWhiteSportPale-LavenderJuly into AugustSolberg, Robert.2002
103 'Pandora's Box'MiniatureDark-GreenMedialWhiteSportLight-PurpleJulyHansen, Hans & Shady Oaks Nursery.1996
104 'Paradigm'MediumBlue/GreenMedialYellowSportNear-WhiteJune into JulyPurtymun, Charles.2007
105 'Patriot'LargeMed-GreenMarginalWhiteSportMed-LavenderJuly into AugustMachen, John.1994
106 'Paul's Glory'LargeYellowMarginalBlue-GreenSportPale-LavenderJuly into AugustHofer, Paul & Hofer, Linda & Ruh, Peter.1987
107 'Pearl Lake'MediumBlue/Green--UnknownPale-LavenderJulyStone, David & Payne, Frank.1982
108 'Piedmont Gold'LargeYellow--HybridNear-WhiteJune into JulyStone, David & Payne, Henry.1982
109 'Praying Hands'MediumMed-GreenMarginalYellowUnknownPale-Lavender-Williams, Gerald.1996
110 'Queen Josephine'MediumMed-GreenMarginalYellowSportPale-Lavender-Kuk, Bob.1993
111 'Rainforest Sunrise'MediumYellowMarginalGreenTC SportNear-WhiteJulyAnderson, Jim.2003
112 'Regal Splendor'LargeBlue/GreenMarginalCreamy WhiteSportPale-LavenderJuly into AugustWalters Gardens.1987
113 'Royal Standard'LargeMed-Green--HybridPure-WhiteAugust to OctoberGrullemans, John J. & Wayside Gardens.1986
114 'Ryan's Big One'GiantBlue/Green--HybridNear-WhiteJune into JulyEnglerth, Lawrence & Ryan (Unknown).1982
115 'Sagae'GiantYellowMarginalCreamy WhiteSportPale-LavenderJuly into AugustWatanabe, Kenji & Hagiwara, Eigon.1987
116 'Saishu Jima'SmallMed-Green--UnknownDeep-PurpleAugustUnknown & Ruh, Peter.2002 .2018
117 'Sea Lotus Leaf'LargeBlue/Green--HybridPale-LavenderJulySeaver, Mildred.1985
118 'Sea Prize'LargeMed-GreenStreakedYellowUnknownPale-LavenderJulySeaver, Mildred & Walek, Kevin.2009
119 'Shade Fanfare'MediumMed-GreenMarginalCreamy WhiteSportPale-LavenderJulyAden, Paul.1986
120 'Sharp Dressed Man'MediumMed-GreenMedialWhiteHybridPale-LavenderJulySolberg, Robert.2005
121 'Shining Tot'MiniatureMed-Green--HybridLight-PurpleAugustAden, Paul.1982
122 'So Sweet'LargeMed-GreenMarginalCreamy WhiteHybridPale-LavenderAugustVaughn, Kevin & Aden, Paul.1986
123 'Spilt Milk'LargeBlue/GreenStreakedSpecklesUnknownNear-WhiteJune into JulySeaver, Mildred.1999
124 'Stained Glass'LargeYellowMedialGreenTC SportPale-LavenderAugustHansen, Hans & Shady Oaks Nursery.1999
125 'Stiletto'MediumMed-GreenMarginalWhiteHybridLight-PurpleAugustAden, Paul.1987
126 'Striptease'LargeDark-GreenMedialWhiteSportPale-LavenderJuly into AugustThompson, Rick & Thompson, Criss.1991
127 'Subcrocea'MediumLight-Green--UnknownLight-PurpleAugustThe American Hosta Society.1987
128 'Sum and Substance'GiantLight-Green--UnknownPale-LavenderJuly into AugustShaw, Florence & Aden, Paul.1980
129 'Sun Power'LargeYellow--HybridPale-LavenderJulyAden, Paul.1986
130 'Tiny Tears'MiniatureMed-Green--HybridPale-Lavender-Savory, Robert.1977
131 'Tokudama'MediumBlue/Green--UnknownNear-WhiteJune into JulyUnknown--NR--
132 'Tokudama Aureonebulosa'MediumBlue/GreenStreakedYellowSportPure-White-Unknown & The American Hosta Society.1987
133 'Tokudama Flavocircinalis'MediumBlue/GreenMarginalCreamy WhiteNat-SportPale-LavenderJune into JulyMaekawa, Dr Fumio.1987
134 'Undulata'MediumMed-GreenMedialWhiteUnknownPale-LavenderJulyBailey, Liberty Hyde & The American Hosta Society.2001
135 'Undulata Univittata'MediumMed-GreenMedialWhiteSport--Hylander, Nils & The American Hosta Society.1987
136 'Victory'LargeMed-GreenMarginalCreamy WhiteTC SportNear-WhiteJuly into AugustZilis, Mark.2003
137 'Whirlwind'MediumMed-GreenMedialCreamy WhiteSportMed-LavenderJuly into AugustKulpa, John.1989
138 'Wide Brim'MediumBlue/GreenMarginalCreamy WhiteHybridPale-LavenderJuly into AugustAden, Paul.1979
139 'World Cup'LargeYellow--HybridPale-LavenderJune into JulyBeilstein, Doug & Zilis, Mark.2006
140 'Yellow River'MediumMed-GreenMarginalYellowUnknownNear-WhiteJulySmith, Eric & Ruh, Peter.1993
141 'Zounds'LargeYellow--HybridPale-Lavender-Shaw, Florence & Aden, Paul.1978
 
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