The Q&A Archives: Hostas

Question: I would just like to know if you could give me an idea of how many different kinds of hostas there are?
Also, is there a reference place I could go to for a list?
Thank You.

Answer: At last count there were over 5000 cultivars so unless you have a huge garden, you'll just have to choose your favorites! Here are a few reference books (check or your favorite book store).

The Genus Hosta: Giboshi Zoku
ISBN: 0881922013
The Hosta Book
ISBN: 0881922609
The Gardener's Guide to Growing Hostas
ISBN: 0881923559
This is Gardening: Hostas
ISBN: 097056161X
The Hosta Handbook
ISBN: 0967944007
Hostas (Foliage Plants in Garden Design)
by Sandra Bond

There's also an American Hosta Society ( with tons of information on their website.

Best wishes with your hostas!

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