Hosta Undulata: A Bullet Proof Addition To Your Shade Garden

Hosta Undulata

Photo Compliments of Linda Dee

Hosta undulata or Hosta ‘Undulata’ are designations applied to a large number of garden hostas that have in common wavy-margined, twisted leaves, which are either variegated or all green. This is mounding plant that reaches a height of 15 to 22 inches featuring narrow oval to elliptic wavy-margined green leaves (about 7 inches in length) with irregular creamy white center stripes.

Racemes of funnel-shaped, lavender flowers appear in summer on scapes rising well above the foliage mound (24 to 36 inches in height).

How To Make Your Hosta Undulata Thrive

This plant is easily grown in average, medium, well-drained soils in part shade to full shade. It is tolerant of a wide range of soil conditions. Ideal results are in rich, moist, organic soils in light, sun-dappled shade.

General Hosta Undulata Information

Diseases And Pests

Hostas are typically pest-free and are considered ideal low-maintenance garden perennials. Having said this slugs and snails are attracted to the foliage and can cause serious damage over a fairly short period of time. Leaf spots and crown rot are less frequent problems.


Divide plants as needed in spring or autumn (division is easiest in early spring before the leaves unfurl).

Garden Uses

Hostas are a mainstay of any shade gardens. Hosta undulata can be mixed with other perennials in shady borders, shade gardens or woodland gardens, or used as an edging plant. You can mass for a showy ground cover.

Quick Facts

  • Family: Asparagaceae
  • Common Name: Hosta
  • Type: Herbaceous perennial
  • Hardiness Zones: Zones 3 to 8
  • Height: 12 to 24 inches
  • Spread: 12 to 24 inches
  • Bloom Time: June to July
  • Bloom Description: Lavender
  • Sun: Part shade to full shade
  • Water: Medium
  • Maintenance: Low
  • Flower: Showy
  • Leaf: Colorful (this is typically the reason for purchase)
  • Attracts: Hummingbirds
  • Tolerates: Heavy Shade, Black Walnut

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  1. We do have some hosta plants that look like these
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