American Hosta Growers Association
2018 Hosta of the Year

With the increasing number of hosta cultivars being introduced each year it is increasingly difficult for nursery owners and gardeners to choose just the right hostas for their sales areas and gardens. To this end the American Hosta Growers Association established the AHGA Hosta of the Year in 1996. It is selected by a vote of AHGA members. Award winners are hostas that are good garden plants in all regions of the country, are widely available in sufficient supply, and retail for about $15.00 in the year of selection. 

2018 Hosta of the Year
'World Cup'
(Beilsten/Zilis  2006)

Color - Gold
Size - Large (23"ht x 43"w)
Habit - Upright
Bloom - Purple

Parent - ‘Komodo Dragon’ x ‘Superbowl’
Forms an upright clump of deeply cupped, moderately wavy, deeply corrugated, bright gold foliage. Pale purple flowers in late June to early July. Quickly becoming a very Hot Hosta.
Prior Hosta of the Year Winners

2017       'Brother Stefan'
2016'Curly Fries'
2015'Victory'
2014'Abiqua Drinking Gourd'
2013'Rainforest Sunrise'
2012'Liberty'
2011'Praying Hands'
2010'First Frost'
2009'Earth Angel'
2008'Blue Mouse Ears'
2007'Paradigm'
2006'Stained Glass'
2005'Striptease'
2004'Sum and Substance'
2003'Regal Splendor'
2002'Guacamole'
2001'June'
2000'Sagae'
1999'Paul's Glory'
1998'Fragrant Bouquet'
1997'Patriot'
1996'So Sweet'
Photo courtesy of Q&Z Nursery