Hosta ‘Red October’

Hosta ‘Red October’ on 5-10-10, #55-29.

Hosta ‘Red October’

Hosta longipes var. hypoglauca x Hosta kikutii ‘Harvest Delight’

This Hosta was introduced by Roy Herold in 1995, although I think it was discovered in 1988. It was registered by Kevin Walek on Mr. Herold’s behalf in 2009. It is regarded as one of the best red stemmed Hosta available.

Hosta ‘Red October’ has produced three registered sports.


Hosta ‘Red October’ on 4-15-12, #86-41.

I bought my Hosta ‘Red October’ in 2009 while I was living in Mississippi but I don’t remember where, either Lowe’s or from an Ebay seller. I brought it with me when I moved back to Missouri in 2013 and it has continued to do very well. It never flowered in Mississippi but it has every year since I moved.

<<<<2013 NOW IN MISSOURI>>>>

Hosta ‘Red October’ blowing in the wind on 5-14-13, #148-16.

I dug a new shade bed where I had flower beds back in the early 1980’s. Back then this was a sunny area now it has three large trees. A perfect spot for Hosta!


Hosta ‘Red October’ on 6-1-13, #151-49.

Hosta ‘Red October’ features dark red petioles, dark green leaves with white undersides The plant is an upright grower with an arching habit.  Hosta ‘Red October’ grows to approximately 18-24″ tall x 20-24″ wide. It produces lavender flowers starting in late September on 24″ tall stems. Leaves are approximately 4″ wide x 8″ long.


Hosta ‘Red October’ on 7-3-13, #160-21.


Family: Asparagaceae (formerly in Liliaceae)
Origin: Hybrid by Roy Herold
Zones: USDA Zones 3a-8b (-40 to 15° F)
Size: 12-24” tall x 24-30” wide in time
Spacing: 18-24”
Flowers: Lavender flowers in August-September on 24” stems
Leaves: Lance-shaped dark green leaves with powdery undersides
Light: Light to full shade
Soil: Prefers moist, well-drained soil
Water: Average water needs once established
Propagation: Division every 3-5 years.
Uses: Attracts hummingbirds, shade garden, containers, etc.
Tolerates: Dry shade and high humidity


Hosta ‘Red October’ on 7-30-13, #165-41.

I have had this Hosta since 2009, so there are a lot of photos. More photos than i have words for.


Hosta ‘Red October’ on 9-17-13, #188-42.

Well, Hosta ‘Red October’ is certainly not critter resistant…


Hosta ‘Red October’ on 9-17-13, #188-43.



Hosta ‘Red October’ on 9-30-13, #192-4.

None of my Hosta flowered in Mississippi, so I was delighted when they started in Missouri. Although the name seems to suggest they flower in October, mine started in September. Wonder why they didn’t name it ‘Red September’?


Hosta ‘Red October’ on 6-1-14, #228-54.


Hosta ‘Red October’ on 6-12-14, #229-24.


Hosta ‘Red October’ on 6-29-14, #230-63.

Looking really good in 2014!


Hosta ‘Red October’ on 7-12-14, #231-64.



Hosta ‘Red October’ on 3-22-15, #233-9.

It’s always good when spring arrives and the Hosta and other perennials start coming up!


Hosta ‘Red October’ on 4-4-15, #235-7.

Hosta ‘Red October’ always seems to emerge and start unfurling its leaves in every which direction.


Hosta ‘Red October’ on 4-9-15, #23-10.


Hosta ‘Red October’ on 4-21-15, #243-11.


Hosta ‘Red October’ on 5-11-15, #254-5.


Hosta ‘Red October’ on 6-14-15, #268-29.


Hosta ‘Red October’ on 6-27-15, #270-32.


Hosta ‘Red October’ on 7-12-15, #271-25.



Hosta ‘Red October’ on 7-19-16, #274-38.



Hosta ‘Red October’ on 4-20-17, #320-7.


Hosta ‘Red October’ on 5-26-17, #334-20.


Hosta ‘Red October’ on 5-31-17, #339-25.


Hosta ‘Red October’ on 6-18-17, #345-31.


Hosta ‘Red October’ on 6-24-17, #349-46.


Hosta ‘Red October’ on 7-9-17, #355-25.


Hosta ‘Red October’ on 7-19-17, #357-42.


Hosta ‘Red October’ on 9-10-17, #373-11.


Hosta ‘Red October’ on 10-11-17, #382-42.

As cooler temperatures and shorter daylengths came, many of the Hosta and other perennials were showing signs that they would soon be hibernating. Now we start the process of waiting all winter to see what will return in the spring.

I hope you found this page useful. If you have any comments, questions or suggestions, I would like to hear from you. Please click on the “Like” below if you have visited this page. It helps us bloggers stay motivated. 🙂 Click here for my page about the Hosta genus, growing information and sources. The links below are specifically for this cultivar. There are several good sources of Hosta somewhere toward the bottom on the right side of the page.


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