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Hosta 'Liberty'
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Plant Type: Hostas

This tetraploid version of Hosta ‘Sagae’ makes a stunning semi-upright clump. The extraordinarily thick, dark green leaves are edged with an astonishingly wide, golden yellow border, changing to cream in summer. In early summer, the slow-growing clumps are topped with spikes of lavender flowers.

Hosta of the Year for 2012 (HOTY).

When John Machen of Mobjack Nurseries in Virginia first displayed this plant at the 2000 American Hosta Society Convention it was without question the hit of the show. ‘Liberty’ is a sport of ‘Sagae’, with thicker leaves and a wider yellow margin that turns creamy white in summer. In all other respects, the plant appears to be the same as ‘Sagae’. The margin gets wider as the plant matures, so the pictures we have don’t do justice to a mature plant. On the plant that was measured for registration the leaf was 9½” wide, with a 2½” wide margin, about twice as wide as the margin on a typical ‘Sagae’. This plant does for ‘Sagae’ what ‘Patriot’ did for ‘Francee’. Pale lavender flowers.

Growing & Maintenance Tips:

Flower Color

Pale lavender

Foliage Color

blue-green,broad (yellow>creamy white) edge

Plant Spread


Good Companions

Plant Height


Scape Height


Hardness Zone


Soil Moisture

Moist and highly organic

Characteristics & Attributes


Bloom Time


Critter Resistance



Part to full shade

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