Hosta plantaginea

Tried and Trouble-free Recommended by 3 Professionals
Common Name: hosta
Type: Herbaceous perennial
Family: Asparagaceae
Native Range: China
Zone: 3 to 9
Height: 1.00 to 1.50 feet
Spread: 1.50 to 2.00 feet
Bloom Time: August to September
Bloom Description: White
Sun: Part shade to full shade
Water: Medium
Maintenance: Low
Flower: Showy, Fragrant, Good Cut
Attracts: Hummingbirds
Tolerate: Heavy Shade, Black Walnut


Easily grown in average, medium, well-drained soil in part shade to full shade. No special culture is required. Soil should be kept moist, however, especially in hot, sunny conditions.

Noteworthy Characteristics

An erect and spreading, medium hosta which features bright glossy, nearly round, heart-shaped, light yellowish green leaves and very large (3-4" long), waxy, trumpet-shaped, white, heavily fragrant flowers on scapes up to 30". A dependable and versatile perennial requiring little care. Grown for both its beautiful foliage and its large, fragrant flowers. Flowers are considered among the best in the Hosta genus. Dense foliage crowds out garden weeds. Sometimes commonly called August lily in reference to its late summer bloom time.


Although slugs and snails can be serious problems, and leaf spot and crown rot lesser problems, hostas are otherwise virtually disease and pest-free, and are ideal, low-maintenance garden perennials.

Garden Uses

A mainstay of the shade garden. This medium hosta can be mixed with other perennials in the border, woodland garden or natural area or can be massed to cover large areas. This species can be particularly effective as a specimen.