Hosta - Plantain Lily

Hostas are easy to grow, shade tolerant, herbaceous perennials. Grown mainly for their beautiful foliage, hostas exist in a wide range of shapes, colors, sizes, and textures. The scientific name for hosta is also its common name.


Hostas, native to Japan, Korea, and China, were imported to North America in the mid-1800s. From the handful of species that were imported, hybridizing and tissue culture propagation have increased options for today's gardeners as there are many species and thousands of cultivars available.


To learn more about hostas, how to plant and grow them, read our article, Marshall's Brief Guide To Hostas.

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