Hosta ‘Designer Genes’

(Designer Genes Hosta)


Hardiness Zones:

 3b  4a  4b  5a  5b  6a  6b  7a  7b  8a  8b

Quick Overview:

‘Designer Genes’ was developed and registered by Arthur Wrede of Maryland in 2005 using Hosta ‘Miss Susie” as the seed parent and an unknown pollen parent. In spring the new foliage emerges with bright yellow leaves and red petioles. As the season progresses, the leaves mature to a shade of chartreuse green. In late summer, it has 2 in. long, tubular, striped, lavender flowers on 2 ft. tall, red scapes. ‘Designer Genes’ grows 3/4 to 1 ft. tall and 1 1/2 to 2 ft. wide.

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Easily grown in evenly moist, organically rich, well-drained soils in part shade to full shade. Best in part shade (some morning sun or sun dappled conditions). Established plants have some tolerance for dry shade (particularly plants with thick leaves), but soils should never be allowed to dry out. Full size and quality form are best achieved with consistent moisture. Water is best applied directly to the soil beneath the leaves. Divide plants as needed in spring or autumn. Division is usually easiest in early spring before the leaves unfurl. Plant in locations protected from wind.

Additional information

Common Name

Designer Genes Hosta

Botanical Name

Hosta 'Designer Genes'


1 gallon

Evergreen or Deciduous


Hardiness Zone

3b, 4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b

Growth Rate


Light Requirements

Part-shade, Shade


1 ft.


1.5 to 2 feet

Soil Condition


Water Needs


Blooming Period


Flower Color




Foliage Color

Bright yellow with red petioles

Deer Resistant


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