Rare Hosta Plants

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Rare Hosta Plants
Several public and private gardens cultivate multiple species of hostas. (hostas image by JLycke from Fotolia.com)

A hosta is a robust, hardy plant that grows well in shaded areas. These perennials come in a variety of species, each with its own distinctive features. A number of botanical gardens and plant producers grow rare hosta plants, some of which are available for purchase.

Jungle Age Trail

Jungle age trail is an unusual hosta. It's a tropical variety and a variation of ice age trail, which is known for its corrugated, streaked leaves of blue, green and yellow. Jungle age trail has ribbed foliage. Its leaves have green and chartreuse streaking in the centre.

Lakeside Zing Zang

Lakeside zing zang is a rare hosta plant. It has crimped white leaves that have green flecks and streaks. Although its leaves become greener in the summer, the characteristics and markings remain visible. According to Casita Azul, a producer who sells this plant variety says the original plant has grown well for several years without issue, which has enabled the plant to cultivate several eyes. While Casita Azul offered this hosta variety for sale on its website at one time, the plant is sold out as of October 2010.

Rhythm and Blues

Rhythm and Blues is a unique hosta. It's a mini hosta variety that grows in small spaces. Unlike larger hosta varieties that grow and divide, this species remains its size once mature. It has long, spikey looking leaves. The leaves come from the centre of the plant and grow outward. It has dark green leaves that are crimped along the sides. The variety is available for sale from Foxfire Botanical Gardens.


The Liberty hosta variety is cultivated Ornamentals, a garden supplier. They call it a collector's plant because of the hosta's rare foliage. It has dark green leaves trimmed with a yellow border that transitions to cream in summer months. The hosta produces lavender flowers usually in June. It's a large hosta variety that can tolerate moderate sunlight. Unfortunately, Ornamentals no longer sells hostas.

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