Hosta sp. • Plantain Lilies

Hosta • Plantain Lily • ギボウシュ • 擬宝珠 • giboshu

They grow in clumps in many protected from the sun’s rays areas of the Garden; some even thrive in full sun on the edge of the pond.


SJG • 7/8/12 – Hosta sp. • Plantain Lilies, Area D; pic by Tony


SJG • 7/8/12 – Hosta sp. • Plantain Lilies, Area D – flowers; pic by Tony

From ‘hortanswers’ at the University of Illinois Extension:  Perennial • Plantain Lily, Hosta • Hosta sp.: An extremely varied group of plants offering neat mounds of foliage in greens, yellows and blue-gray to variegated. Spikes of flowers that often fragrant. A staple of the shade garden.  Prefer rich organic soils that are moist but well-drained. Does better in light filtered sun while there are a few that will tolerate full sun with moisture.  […].  Click on the link above if you care to read about some popular cultivars…

From wikipedia:  Hosta (syn. Funkia) is a genus of about 23–45 species of lily-like plants in the family Asparagaceae, subfamily Agavoideae, native to northeast Asia. They have been placed in their own family, Hostaceae (or Funkiaceae); like many ‘lilioid monocots’, they were once classified in the Liliaceae. The scientific name is also used as the common name; in the past they were also sometimes called the Corfu Lily, the Day Lily, or the Plantain lily, but these terms are now obsolete. The name Hosta is in honor of the Austrian botanist Nicholas Thomas Host.[3] The Japanese name Giboshi is also used in English to a small extent. The rejected generic name Funkia, also used as a common name, can be found in some older literature. […]

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