General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Partial or Dappled Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 3 -40 °C (-40 °F) to -37.2 °C (-35)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 8b
Plant Height: 18-28 inches (leaf 81-144 sq. inches)
Plant Spread: 4-6 feet (1.2-1.8 m)
Leaves: Unusual foliage color
Other: Ovate, Corrugated, Thick, Blue-Green.
Flower Color: White
Flower Time: Summer
Underground structures: Rhizome
Uses: Groundcover
Wildlife Attractant: Hummingbirds
Propagation: Seeds: Will not come true from seed
Other info: Seed is viable.
Propagation: Other methods: Division
Awards and Recognitions: Other: 2012 Great Plant Picks award winner
Child plants: 15 child plants

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Alternative cultivar names:
  • 'Elegans'
  • 'Robusta'

Common names
  • Hosta
Botanical names
  • Accepted: Hosta sieboldiana
  • Synonym: Hosta sieboldiana var. elegans
  • Synonym: Hosta glauca
  • Synonym: Hosta fortunei

Photo Gallery
Location: My garden.
Date: 2011-09-18
Location: z6a MA, my garden
Date: 2015-06-22
Next to 'Blue Angel'
Location: Part Shade
Date: 2012-06-03

Date: 2015-06-20
Location: Bea’s garden
Date: 2020
Hosta ‘elegans’
Location: My garden
Date: 2022-06-21
Taken at sunrise
Location: West Fulton, NY My Shade Garden
Date: 2017-05-03
Photo by Seedfork
Location: my front yard
Date: 2009-06-05
hosta Sieboldiana Elegans with Goatsbeard and misc. perennials

Most awesome of hostas!
Location: My garden, Cottage-in-the-Meadow Gardens in South Amana, IA
Date: 2019-06-21
Location: Pleasant Grove, Utah
Date: 2011-06-23
There is quarter on one of the leaves.

Date: 2015-06-20

Date: 2015-06-20
Location: Corner rock garden
Date: June 2015
Location: Huron County, MI
Date: 2019-07-17
FFO
Location: SunZone 6a
Date: 2013-06-07

Date: 2015-06-22
Location: Entrance Way Shade Garden
Date: 07/01/2013
A little messy but real.

Credit florum

Credit florum

Credit florum
Location: Twisp
Location: At the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation in OkC
Date: 05-16-2019
Hosta (Hosta sieboldiana 'Elegans') 002
Location: At the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation in OkC
Date: 05-08-2019
Hosta (Hosta sieboldiana 'Elegans') 003
Location: Putnam County Indiana
Date: 2010-05-13

Photo Courtesy of Homestead Farms Nursery. Used with Permission.
  • Uploaded by Joy
Location: Pleasant Grove, Utah
Date: 2011-06-23
Quarter on one of the leaves
Location: My garden.
Date: 2010-07-03
Location: z6a MA, My Garden
Date: 2012-07-19
Remnants of blue with light and dark green give an iridescent eff
Location: Pembroke, GA
Date: 2016-08-21
Photo courtesy of Santa Rosa Gardens. Used with permission.
Location: my garden zone 7b NC
Date: 2012-05-28

Image Courtesy of Bloomin Designs Nursery Used with Permission
  • Uploaded by vic

Date: 2007-06-11
Image Courtesy of Bloomin Designs Nursery Used with Permission
  • Uploaded by vic
Photo by pinkiris

Photo Courtesy of Crossview Gardens. Used with Permission.
  • Uploaded by Joy
Location: My garden, Cottage-in-the-Meadow Gardens in South Amana, IA
Date: Fall 2012

Photo Courtesy of Te Sligte Gardens. Used with Permission
  • Uploaded by Joy

Credit florum

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Location: Part Shade z6
Date: 2012-06-11
What a fantastic plant. Buds are clusters pf pale grey - green.El
Location: Part Shade z6
Date: 2012-06-11

Photo Courtesy of Garden Perennials. Used with Permission.
  • Uploaded by Joy
Location: At the Missouri Botanical Garden in Saint Louis
Date: 2003-05-02
Hosta sieboldiana 'Elegans' 001
Location: At the Missouri Botanical Garden in Saint Louis
Date: 2003-05-15
Hosta sieboldiana 'Elegans' 002
Location: At the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation in OkC
Date: 05-25-2017
Hosta (Hosta sieboldiana 'Elegans') 001
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Comments:
  • Posted by jathton (Oklahoma City, OK - Zone 7a) on Dec 1, 2019 2:05 PM concerning plant:
    If you had gone Hosta-hunting in central Oklahoma in the 1980's you would have been hard-pressed to find more than 3-5 cultivars… a couple with blue foliage, a couple with variegated leaves and a yellow leafed one. Thank goodness, by the early 1990's, a lot more was known about Hostas and a lot more cultivars were available.
    Hosta sieboldiana 'Elegans' was one of those few, early, blue selections. A few of my gardening friends would say, "Early availability is the reason this particular Hosta is still one of John's favorites… he just saw it before he saw very many others."
    That might well have been the initial reason… but other, better ones quickly outweighed it.
    This Hosta, for instance, has thick, puckered and cupped blue leaves that help it resist insect and disease attacks better than the thin, variegated leaves of other Hostas. This same physical quality makes 'Elegans' more sun tolerant than other Hostas… even in the drying summer light of the Southern Great Plains. Wind, as well as sun, has a desiccating effect of foliage in Oklahoma… and the same thick leaves help it avoid windburn. Its greatest enemy, however, is hail… so if you can anticipate a hail storm... covering the plant temporarily is highly recommended.
    Practical considerations aside, the ornamental value of H.s. 'Elegans' is tremendous. At maturity this Hosta can be 24 inches tall and have a diameter of 4-5 feet. This alone makes it a suitable candidate as a focal point in any woodland setting. Its foliage color is blue enough to be a striking contrast to all the green, gray and/or yellow foliage around it.
    In the woodland setting in which it belongs it looks absolutely stunning when planted in a grouping of three… surrounded by a low growing groundcover like Bugleweed [Ajuga], or Mondo Grass [Ophiopogon] or Geranium tuberosum [Cranesbill].
    Hosta sieboldiana 'Elegans' is hardy from zone 4 south through zone 9. So, in the southern three of these zones, it is hardy in a large freeze proof container. In this configuration it looks striking placed on either side of entry or patio doors. Just remember to water in winter every 12-14 days and always just before very, very hard freezes.
  • Posted by LarryR (South Amana, IA - Zone 5a) on Oct 20, 2012 11:41 PM concerning plant:
    There is a certain beauty in this hosta's leaves, even as it goes dormant for the winter.
Plant Events from our members
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