Hosta Hosta fortunei var. albopicta f. aurea

👤 Non-toxic to humans
🐾 Toxic to pets
🌸 Blooming
🍪 Edible
‍🌱 Easy-care
golden Fortune plantain lily


The plant commonly known as Hosta carries a distinct look that is easy to recognize in gardens and shaded landscape areas. The variety in question features leaves that are characterized by their heart-shaped form which creates an elegant, lush mound of greenery. These leaves have a unique variegation, showcasing a tapestry of different shades. The background color is typically a bright, golden hue that radiates warmth and cheerfulness. This variety has a pattern on the leaves where the margins may be irregular, ringed with green that can range from dark to a lighter shade, complementing the golden center. This green framing on the leaves helps to accentuate their shape and the plant's overall texture. The leaves themselves have a glossy appearance, which catches the light and adds a visual dimension to the foliage. During the blooming period, the plant produces flower stalks that stand upright, and these blossoms can range from a lavender to a pale violet color. The flowers are bell-shaped and dangle from the stalks, attracting various pollinators to the garden. After blooming, seed capsules may form, elongated and sitting atop the now spent flower stalks. Overall, the appearance of this Hosta cultivar adds a colorful contrast against the many greens typically found in shaded or woodland gardens. Its leaf variegation offers a striking visual appeal throughout the growing season, even when the plant is not in flower, making it a prized specimen for gardeners seeking to add diversity and a splash of color to their plant collections.

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About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Family


    • Synonyms

      Golden Plantain Lily, Gold-Edged Hosta

    • Common names

      Hosta fortunei 'Aurea', Hosta albopicta f. aurea

  • skullToxicity

    • To humans

      Hostas are not known to be toxic to humans, and there are no significant reported effects from ingesting this plant. While it's not advisable to eat plants that are not designated as food, accidental ingestion of small amounts by humans is unlikely to cause more than mild stomach upset, if any symptoms at all.

    • To pets

      Hostas can be toxic to pets, particularly dogs and cats. If a pet ingests Hostas, they may exhibit symptoms such as vomiting, diarrhea, and depression. In more severe cases, ingestion can lead to more serious conditions such as an increase in heart rate and difficulty breathing. If you suspect your pet has ingested Hostas, it is important to contact a veterinarian promptly.

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle


    • Foliage type


    • Color of leaves


    • Flower color


    • Height

      1-2 feet (30-60 cm)

    • Spread

      2-4 feet (60-120 cm)

    • Plant type


    • Hardiness zones


    • Native area



  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • Ornamental Appeal: Adds visual interest to gardens with its variegated leaves that display a combination of green and golden-yellow colors.
    • Shade Tolerance: Thrives in shaded areas where other plants may struggle, making it ideal for woodland gardens and under trees.
    • Ease of Care: Low maintenance requirements make it suitable for gardeners of all skill levels, requiring minimal fuss beyond occasional watering and feeding.
    • Soil Adaptability: Able to grow in a variety of soil types, from clay to sandy soils, as long as it is well-draining.
    • Slugs and Snails Resistance: More resistant to pests such as slugs and snails compared to other hosta varieties, reducing the need for chemical treatments.
    • Seasonal Interest: Provides interest throughout the growing season, with foliage emerging in spring, flowers in summer, and lasting foliage into fall.
    • Drought Tolerance: Once established, it has a degree of drought tolerance, making it suitable for regions with occasional water scarcity.
    • Architectural Structure: Its broad leaves add structure and form to garden designs, serving as a good base for floral compositions.
    • Cold Hardiness: Can withstand cold temperatures, making it suitable for cultivation in cooler climates.
    • Ground Cover: When planted in groups, it can act as an effective ground cover, suppressing weeds and reducing soil erosion.

  • medicalMedical Properties

    This plant is not used for medical purposes.

  • windAir-purifying Qualities

    This plant is not specifically known for air purifying qualities.

  • leavesOther Uses

    • Hosta leaves can be used as a natural dye for fabrics, providing a range of green hues depending on the mordant used.
    • Hosta blooms are edible and can be used to add a mild, lettuce-like flavor to salads or as an edible garnish.
    • The large leaves of hostas can be used as a biodegradable plate for outdoor dining or casual garden parties.
    • Hosta plants can be utilized in rain gardens to help absorb excess water in areas prone to runoff.
    • Hosta can be planted in containers and used for rooftop gardens, providing greenery and aesthetics in urban settings.
    • Hosta stalks, when dried, can be weaved or integrated into floral arrangements for texture and interest.
    • As slug-resistant varieties are developed, hosta foliage is being explored as a natural bait alternative in slug traps for organic gardening.
    • Hosta can be grown under trees as part of a permaculture design, promoting a diverse ecosystem and soil stabilization.
    • The large, attractive leaves of hosta can be used in art projects, such as leaf casting, to create decorative items or garden ornaments.
    • Gardeners may utilize hosta plants to create a visually appealing boundary or edge for a garden path, considering their lush foliage and neat growth habit.

Interesting Facts

  • bedFeng Shui

    The plant Hosta is not used in Feng Shui practice.

  • aquariusZodiac Sign Compitability

    The plant Hosta is not used in astrology practice.

  • spiralPlant Symbolism

    • Resilience: The hosta plant is known for its ability to thrive in shade, symbolizing the resilience and adaptability in challenging conditions.
    • Heartiness: As a hardy plant that returns robustly after winter, hostas represent endurance and the ability to bounce back from adversity.
    • Peace and Tranquility: The lush foliage of the hosta contributes to serene garden atmospheres, embodying peace and offering a tranquil visual retreat.
    • Devotion: The way hostas grow and flourish over years in the same spot can symbolize loyalty and devotion, qualities akin to long-term relationships.

Every 1-2 weeks
500 - 2500 Lux
Every 2-3 years
Spring-Early Summer
As needed
  • water dropWater

    For a Hosta, commonly referred to as Gold Standard Hosta, it is crucial to maintain evenly moist soil, especially during the growing season. Water your Hosta deeply once a week with approximately one gallon of water per plant, making sure the water reaches at least 8 to 12 inches below the surface to encourage deep root development. During hot or dry spells, increase watering to twice a week. However, be mindful not to overwater, as standing water can lead to root rot. In cooler temperatures or during periods of rainfall, reduce the amount of water to avoid soggy soil.

  • sunLight

    Hostas, including the Gold Standard Hosta, thrive best in partial to full shade. The ideal location offers morning sun and afternoon shade, as intense afternoon sun can scorch their leaves. Hostas can tolerate some morning sun, but their preference is for dappled or filtered light throughout the day, sheltered from harsh midday rays.

  • thermometerTemperature

    The Gold Standard Hosta prefers moderate temperatures and can generally withstand minimum temperatures of around 30°F, although they are dormant in winter and not susceptible to frost. The maximum temperature it can handle is around 90°F, but consistent temperatures between 50°F and 75°F are ideal. Prolonged exposure to temperatures outside this range, especially heat, can stress the plant.

  • scissorsPruning

    Pruning for Gold Standard Hostas is mainly to remove dead or damaged leaves and to promote air circulation, which should be done as needed throughout the growing season. The best time to prune is in late fall or early spring, before the new growth begins. Cutting back the foliage after the first frost will tidy the plant and help prevent disease. Hostas also benefit from deadheading spent flower stalks to direct more energy into leaf growth.

  • broomCleaning

    As needed

  • bambooSoil

    Hostas prefer moist, well-draining soil rich in organic matter with a pH range of 6.5 to 7.5. A mix of garden soil, compost, and perlite in equal parts creates an ideal environment. Mulching helps retain moisture.

  • plantRepotting

    Hostas, such as the Gold Standard Hosta, should be repotted when they outgrow their current container, which is typically every 3 to 5 years. It's best to repot in the spring before the growing season begins.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Hostas are adaptable, but they thrive best in an environment with moderate humidity, around 50%. Avoid excessively dry air, which might damage leaves.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Keep Gold Standard Hosta in bright, indirect light with high humidity.

    • Outdoor

      Plant in partial shade with moist, well-draining soil.

    • Hardiness zone

      3-8 USDA

  • circleLife cycle

    Hosta fortunei var. albopicta f. aurea, commonly known as Gold Standard Hosta, begins its life cycle as a dormant rhizome or from seeds that germinate in the spring, emerging as small shoots. As the temperature warms, the shoots develop into distinctive foliage with heart-shaped, gold-centered leaves, and the plant enters a period of vegetative growth, expanding its root system and leaf coverage. Throughout the summer, the Gold Standard Hosta matures and produces tall scapes bearing funnel-shaped, lavender flowers, which are attractive to bees and hummingbirds. After pollination, these flowers can develop into seed pods containing small, black seeds that may drop and initiate a new generation of plants. As autumn approaches, the plant's foliage begins to die back, and the Hosta enters dormancy again, conserving energy in its rhizome for the following spring. During winter, the rhizome remains dormant underground, completing the annual cycle and ready to regrow when conditions become favorable.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time

      Spring-Early Summer

    • The Hosta, commonly known as Hosta fortunei var. albopicta f. aurea, is primarily propagated through division. The best time to propagate Hostas by division is in the early spring as new growth begins or in the fall after the foliage has died back. The process involves carefully digging up the entire clump of the plant and gently separating it into smaller sections by hand or with a sharp knife, making sure each section has at least two or three shoots and a portion of the root system attached. These divisions can then be immediately replanted in a prepared site, ensuring adequate soil moisture and light shade to foster good root development. It's essential to water the new divisions regularly until they are established, particularly during dry spells.