40 Different Types of Hostas with Pictures

Hostas or plantain lilies are long-lasting perennials that love the shade.Their beautiful leaves, low-maintenance and resilience to harsh weather have made them a favorite with gardeners. Though they are not grown for their flowers, there are flowering and fragrant varieties that would charm you with their looks and smells. The plants come in a variety of sizes, colors, leaf shapes and textures, so you can choose the types that best suit the design of your garden and your taste.

Common Types of Hostas

1. Whirlwind

Whirlwind Hostas

The leaves of this hosta change colors throughout the season. The heart-shaped, wavy leaves of this plant are a sight to behold in any garden landscape.

Height/Width: 18-20 inches; 35-40 inches

Colors: Creamy white or lime with dark green margins

Sunlight Requirement: Partial to full shade

USDA Zone: 3-8

2. Halcyon

Halcyon Hostas

This popular hosta with spear-shaped, thick, waxy leaves is a slow-grower.They grow more slug-resistant with age. Late summer sees lilac-blue flowers bloom.

Height/Width: 18-24 inches; 30-36 inches

Colors: Blue-green

Sunlight Requirement: Partial to full shade

USDA Zone: 3-8

3. Frances Williams

Frances Williams Hostas

The wide, yellow-green margins of its leaves make this hosta stand apart from the others.The pale lilac flowers that appear in summer attract hummingbirds. They grow well in big containers.

Height/Width: 18-19 inches; 47-48 inches

Colors: Blue-green

Sunlight Requirement: Partial to full shade

USDA Zone: 3-9

4. August Moon

August Moon Hostas

The heart-shaped, green-gold leaves of this hosta turn bright yellow with sun exposure. Hence its name.White to pale lavender flowers appear in summer.

Height/Width: 24-25 inches; 24-36 inches

Colors: Yellow-green

Sunlight Requirement: Partial to full shade

USDA Zone: 3-8

5. Alligator Alley

Alligator Alley Hostas

The leathery, puckered, heart-shaped leaves are the main attraction of this hosta.It is a great choice for beds, containers, patios, borders and edging.

Height/Width: 1-3 feet; 2-3 feet

Colors: Yellow-green, blue-green

Sunlight Requirement: Partial sun to full shade

USDA Zone: 3-9

6. Hyacinthine

Hyacinthine Hostas

The green leaves with creamy edges are slightly puckered.Lavender flowers bloom in mid-late summer on scapes that are slightly bent.

Height/Width: 1-2 feet; 1-2 feet

Colors: Blue-green, gray-green

Sunlight Requirement: Full-partialsun, shade

USDA Zone: 3-8

7. Autumn Frost

Autumn Frost Hostas

The bright yellow margins of its green leaves make this hosta variety stand apart from the others.On maturity, the yellow color turns into creamy white. The plant makes for an attractive groundcover and is a great choice for containers.

Height/Width: 10 inches-1 foot; 1-2 feet

Colors: Blue-green

Sunlight Requirement: Partial-full shade

USDA Zone: 3-9

8. American Halo

American Halo Hostas

The wide, rippled creamy white margins of the leaves of this hosta is an instant attention grabber.The dramatic color of its foliage makes it an excellent attention grabber to any landscape. The hardy, low-maintenance is an excellent choice for beds and groundcovers.

Height/Width: 1-2 feet; 5-6 feet

Colors: Intense blue-green

Sunlight Requirement: Partial-full shade

USDA Zone:3-8

9. Geisha

Geisha Hostas

The elongated, glossy leaves of this hosta are twisted towards the top. Their olive green margins lend a unique look to the foliage. Late summer sees the blooming of star-shaped pale white flowers.

Height/Width: 1-2 feet; 2-3 feet

Colors: Golden-yellow

Sunlight Requirement: Partial-full shade

USDA Zone:3-9

10. Undulata

Undulata Hostas

The wavy-margined leaves have creamy markings that lend a cheery touch to shady gardens. Youcan fill it along a bed edge provided that it is shorter than the plants behind it.

Height/Width: 1-3 feet; 1-2 feet

Colors: Green

Sunlight Requirement: Partial-full shade

USDA Zone:3-9

Types of Dwarf or Miniature Hostas

1. Silver Threads and Golden Needles

Silver Threads and Golden Needles Hostas

This mini hosta has heart-shaped leaves with dull yellow edges. The centers are mainly green with a touch of white and chartreuse. Their colors vary with the light conditions. 4-5 hours of morning light is perfect for the plant. It prefers well-drained soils.

Height/Width: 5-6 inches; 11-12 inches

Colors: Green and yellow

Sunlight Requirement: Highly filtered or dappled sunlight

USDA Zone: 3-8

2. Blue Mouse Ears

Blue Mouse Ears Hostas

The dependable variety of hosta has distinctive thick, round leaves. They grow effortlessly and boast of slug-resistance.

Height/Width: 4-5 inches;8-9 inches

Colors: Blue

Sunlight Requirement: Partial-full shade

USDA Zone: 3-8

3. Baby Bunting

Baby Bunting Hostas

The reliable clumper has heart-shaped blue leaves. It quickly forms an attractive mound in a woodland garden or any other place that doesn’t get direct sunlight. The good edging plant bears bright purple flowers. It is easy to maintain and prefers well-drained moist soil.

Height/Width: 6-8 inches; 12-18 inches

Colors: Blue-gray, dark green

Sunlight Requirement: Partial to full shade

USDA Zone: 8-9

4. Stiletto

Stiletto Hostas

The lance-shaped green leaves with narrow white edges and a pronounced ripple effect would draw your attention to this plant. You can use it to line a path as it quickly clumps and can be easily divided for further planting.

Height/Width: 10 inch-1 foot;2-3 feet

Colors: Medium green

Sunlight Requirement: Full-partial sun

USDA Zone:3-8

5. Gracillima

Gracillima Hostas

The lance-shaped, glossy leaves of this mini hosta would easily catch your eyes. Funnel-shaped lavender-blue flowers with purple stripes appear in late summer and fall.

Height/Width: 4-5 inches; 10 inch-1 foot

Colors: Deep green

Sunlight Requirement: Partial sun-shade

USDA Zone:3-8

6. Marrakech

This exotic hosta has rippled, lance-shaped leaves. While the top side of the leaf is green, the bottom side is white. The excellent bloomer showcases pink flower stalks and buds that bloom into lavender flowers.

Height/Width: 11-12 inches;33-34 inches

Colors: Yellow-green

Sunlight Requirement: 4-5 hours of morning light

USDA Zone:3-8

7. First Mate

First Mate Hostas

The low-maintenance plant bears star-shaped, lavender flowers. The yellow centers of the leaves add more color to your patio. You would be bowled over by the stunning variegated foliage of this small hosta.

Height/Width: 9-10 inches; 1-2 feet

Colors: Cream yellow,Blue-green

Sunlight Requirement: Partial-full shade

USDA Zone: 3-9

8. June

June Hostas

The dense mound of large, irregular-shaped leaves is a striking characteristic of this plant. Lavender flowers bloom in late summer.

Height/Width: 6-10 inches; 16-20 inches

Colors: Lime green, gold

Sunlight Requirement: Partial-full shade

USDA Zone:3-8

9. Coconut Custard

Coconut Custard Hostas

The wavy leaves and purple petioles of this plant add movement and life to a corner of your garden. You can place it on a high platform enabling one to appreciate the beauty of the colored petioles.

Height/Width: 4-6 inches;11-12 inches

Colors: Pale yellow

Sunlight Requirement: Full sun to partial shade

USDA Zone:3-8

10. Tiny Tears

Tiny Tears Hostas

You can use this beautiful plant to decorate your fairy garden. The tiny leaves form a dense mat with time. The lavender flowers further enhance the looks of this reliable and easy-to-grow plant.

Height/Width: 2-3 inches;5-6 inches

Colors: Green

Sunlight Requirement: Full sun-partial shade

USDA Zone:5-6

11. Blueberry Tart

Blueberry Tart Hostas

The arrowhead-shaped, slightly folded leaves of this hosta variety make it unique. The large leaves are quite repelling to slugs.

Height/Width: 7-8 inches;19-20 inches

Colors: Bluish-green

Sunlight Requirement: Partial sun, filtered shade, morning sun

USDA Zone:7-9

12. Dragon Tails

Dragon Tails Hostas

Very narrow, rippled leaves make this small hosta stand apart from the others. So plant it in a spot where the clump of rippled leaves can be fully showcased. It looks stunning with black gravel or mulch in the background.

Height/Width: 3-4 inches;9-10 inches

Colors: Chartreuse to Bright Yellow

Sunlight Requirement: Full sun

USDA Zone:4-10

13. Little Caesar

Little Caesar Hostas

You are likely to get bowled over by the charisma of the lance-shaped leaves with a white center that is widely bordered with green.

Height/Width: 4-5 inches;1-2 inches

Colors: Medium green

Sunlight Requirement: Partial-full shade

USDA Zone:3-8

14. Little Treasure

Little Treasure Hostas

This miniature hosta is the best for tucking between the rocks, between the roots or in the knotholes of trees in woodland gardens. Its slightly twisted leaves lend it the look of a tropical plant.

Height/Width: 5-6 inches;10-11 inches

Colors: Blue-green and white

Sunlight Requirement: Full sun-partial shade

USDA Zone:12-13

Giant Hosta Varieties

1. Sum and Substance

Sum and Substance Hostas

The heart-shaped leaves of this large and popular plant are glossy and have a deep texture. Late summer sees fragrant bell-shaped flowers bloom at the end of 38” stalks.

Height/Width: 2-3 feet ; 6-7 feet

Colors: Yellow to golden

Sunlight Requirement: Full sun topartial shade

USDA Zone: 5-10

2. Empress Wu

Empress Wu Hostas

The gargantuan size of this hosta makes it stand out in the landscape with a clump that is hard to miss.Flowers appear in mid-summer on 54-inch tall stalks.

Height/Width: 48-49 inches; 70-71 inches

Colors: Dark green

Sunlight Requirement: Partial to full shade

USDA Zone: 3-9

3. Sagae

Sagae Hostas

The thick, wrinkled leaves of this large plantain lily variety unfurl in a striking blue hue with wavy white margins.It is a slug-resistant type of hosta that takes 5 years to reach maturity.

Height/Width: 30-31 inches ; 70-71 inches

Colors: Blue

Sunlight Requirement: Full shade

USDA Zone: 4-10

4. Great Expectations

Great Expectations Hostas

The thick, corrugated leaves of this large hosta put up a spectacular show during the growing season with its change of colors and make the plant slug-resistant.The depth of the colors depends on the intensity of light. The large leaves look pretty with a blue-green border.

Height/Width: 19-20 inches ; 40-41 inches

Colors: Chartreuse, yellow and white

Sunlight Requirement: Full sun-partial shade

USDA Zone: 3-9

5. Sun Power

Sun Power Hostas

The wavy oval leaves of this plant look charming under the pale-lavender flowers in mid-summer.You’ll want to put this specimen at the front or center of your yard where everyone can appreciate its resplendent color.

Height/Width: 24-28 inches ; 36-37 inches

Colors: Bright yellow

Sunlight Requirement: Full sun

USDA Zone: 3-8

6. Elegans

Elegans Hosta

The heavily corrugated, heart-shaped, thick-textured, large leaves make this hosta a stunner in your garden. The slow grower bears mostly white flowers with a violet tinge.

Height/Width: 30-31 inches ; 5-6 feet

Colors: Blue

Sunlight Requirement: Light shade

USDA Zone: 3-8

7. Blue Angel

Blue Angel Hostas

Thick and heavily-textured leaves are the highlight of this plant. It can tolerate the morning sun but not in areas that experience hot summers. Funnel-shaped lavender flowers bloom in summer.

Height/Width: 36-37 inches; 72-73 inches

Colors: Blue-green

Sunlight Requirement: Partial-full shade

USDA Zone: 3-8

8. Komodo Dragon

Komodo Dragon Hostas

The big, deeply-veined leaves of this huge plant look magnificent. Funnel-shaped pale lavender flowers appear in summer. Slugs and snails love it, so keep an eye out for them.

Height/Width: 2-3 feet ; 6-7 feet

Colors: Bluish-green

Sunlight Requirement: Partial-full shade

USDA Zone: 3-9

9. Crispula

Hosta Crispula

The creamy markings on the green leaves of this curled hosta make it stand apart. The wavy leaves make the plant an excellent groundcover, especially in shady areas. Funnel-shaped pale lavender flowers bloom in early summer.

Height/Width: 2-3 feet; 6-7 feet

Colors: Dark green

Sunlight Requirement: Partial sun-full shade

USDA Zone: 3-8

10. Montana

Montana Hostas

The edible plant can be grown in woodland gardens. The bright gold margins lend an exotic look to the green leaves. There are also gold streaks on the midrib. The pretty leaves arch towards the ground.

Height/Width: 2-3 feet ; 2-3 feet

Colors: Green

Sunlight Requirement: Full shade

USDA Zone: 7-8

Fragrant Hosta Varieties

1. Royal Standard

Royal Standard Hostas

This is among the rare varieties of hostas that have no margins. Since its white, waxy flowers are fragrant, they are best grown near living areas andpatios in containers and beds.

Height/Width: 18-24 inches ; 36-60 inches

Colors: Bright green

Sunlight Requirement: Light shade

Blooming Season: Late summer to fall

USDA Zone: 3-8

2. Plantaginea

Plantaginea Hostas

This hosta is grown for its highly fragrant, large white flowers.The species can form a dense ground cover when it is not in its blooming season. The glossy, heart-shaped leaves are a beautiful accompaniment to the flowers.

Height/Width: 12-18 inches; 2-3 feet

Colors: Medium green

Sunlight Requirement: Partial to full shade

Blooming Season: Late summer

USDA Zone: 3-9

3. Fragrant Blue

Fragrant Blue Hostas

The combination of heart-shaped leaves and light lavender flowers look stunning on this plant.It lends dramatic texture and color to shaded beds and borders.

Height/Width: 10-12 inches ; 35-36 inches

Colors: Blue-green

Sunlight Requirement: Full sun to partial shade

Blooming Season: Mid-summer

USDA Zone: 5

4. Fragrant Bouquet

Fragrant Bouquet Hostas

The rapid grower produces extremely fragrant, white flowers with a light blue tinge. The broad leaves have wide, irregular, light yellow edges.

Height/Width: 18-19 inches ; 24-25 inches

Colors: Apple-green

Sunlight Requirement: Partial to full shade

Blooming Season: Summer

USDA Zone: 3-8

5. Guacamole

Guacamole Hostas

The exceptional color and lovely scent of its big white blooms are the star attractions of this hosta. The oval leaves have gold tinges and streaks towards the center. The plant grows in overlapping mounds.

Height/Width: 24-25 inches ; 54-55 inches

Colors: Yellow-green

Sunlight Requirement: Partial shade

Blooming Season: Summer

USDA Zone: 3-8

6. So Sweet

So Sweet Hostas

The glossy green leaves of this plant have wide, white margins. Its compact size makes it perfect for edging a shady garden. It is also suited for containers. The flowers are large and white.

Height/Width: 25-26 inches ; 60-61 inches

Colors: Medium green

Sunlight Requirement: Partial to full shade

Blooming Season:Mid-late summer

USDA Zone: 3-8

Hostas for Sun

Hostas thrive in shady conditions. They tend to lose their lushness or even burn and turn yellow or brown in prolonged sunny conditions.But a few species cannot only tolerate the full sun but also turn vibrant and colorful under such conditions. Here is a list of hostas that can survive in the sun.

  1. Stiletto
  2. Guacamole
  3. August Moon
  4. Plantaginea
  5. Coconut custard
  6. Little treasure
  7. Tiny tears
  8. Dragon tails
  9. Sum and substance
  10. Great expectations
  11. Sun power

The reliable and easy-to-grow plants are known for their long life. So don’t be surprised if they outlive the gardener! Additionally, you can eat them! According to the Guardian, any hosta is edible,hosta montana being the most popular edible variety. However, it would be poisonous to your dog.But that doesn’t stop deer from devouring your favorite shade garden plant. So it would help if you took adequate precautions to keep the leafy plant away from these animals.

by | Updated : February 17, 2021



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