Hosta (Hosta sieboldiana 'Elegans') in the Hostas Database

Alternative cultivar names:
'Elegans'
'Robusta'

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

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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Let's Celebrate Hostas!Let's Celebrate Hostas!
By dave on June 20, 2015

We open the Hostas Celebration Week with a look at the top cultivars, top comments, most thumbed images, and more!

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Location: My garden.Date: 2011-09-18
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Location: Part ShadeDate: 2012-06-03
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Location: z6a MA, my gardenDate: 2015-06-22Next to 'Blue Angel'
By eclayne
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Date: 2015-06-20
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Location: Pleasant Grove, UtahDate: 2011-06-23There is quarter on one of the leaves.
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Location: My garden, Cottage-in-the-Meadow Gardens in South Amana, IADate: 2019-06-21
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Location: Pleasant Grove, UtahDate: 2011-06-23Quarter on one of the leaves
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Most awesome of hostas!
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Location: Putnam County IndianaDate: 2010-05-13
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Location: SunZone 6aDate: 2013-06-07
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Date: 2015-06-20
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Location: Twisp
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Location: At the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation in OkCDate: 05-16-2019Hosta (Hosta sieboldiana 'Elegans') 002
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Location: At the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation in OkCDate: 05-08-2019Hosta (Hosta sieboldiana 'Elegans') 003
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Date: 2007-06-11Image Courtesy of Bloomin Designs Nursery Used with Permission
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Location: Part Shade z6Date: 2012-06-11What a fantastic plant. Buds are clusters pf pale grey - green.El
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Location: Part Shade z6Date: 2012-06-11
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Location: My garden, Cottage-in-the-Meadow Gardens in South Amana, IADate: Fall 2012
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Location: Entrance Way Shade GardenDate: 07/01/2013A little messy but real.
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Location: West Fulton, NY My Shade GardenDate: 2017-05-03
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Comments:
Posted by jathton (Oklahoma City, OK) on Dec 1, 2019 2:05 PM

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.

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Posted by LarryR (South Amana, IA - Zone 5a) on Oct 20, 2012 11:41 PM

There is a certain beauty in this hosta's leaves, even as it goes dormant for the winter.

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