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Hosta plantaginea (Lam. ) Asch.
August-Lily; Fragrant Plantain-Lily; White Plantain-Lily

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Hosta plantaginea (Lam.) Asch.
fragrant plantain lily

General Information
Symbol: HOPL2
Group: Monocot
Family: Liliaceae
Duration: Perennial
Growth Habit : Forb/herb
Native Status : CAN   I
L48   I
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Symbol Scientific Name
HEPL3 Hemerocallis plantaginea Lam.


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Rank Scientific Name and Common Name
Kingdom Plantae – Plants
Subkingdom Tracheobionta – Vascular plants
Superdivision Spermatophyta – Seed plants
Division Magnoliophyta – Flowering plants
Class Liliopsida – Monocotyledons
Subclass Liliidae
Order Liliales
Family Liliaceae – Lily family
Genus Hosta Tratt. – plantain lily
Species Hosta plantaginea (Lam.) Asch. – fragrant plantain lily

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1. Hosta plantaginea (Lamarck) Ascherson, Bot. Zeitung (Berlin). 21: 53. 1863.

August-lily, fragrant plantain-lily, white plantain-lily

Hemerocallis plantaginea Lamarck in J. Lamarck et al., Encycl. 3: 103. 1789

Plants forming open clumps 60—90 × 45 cm; rhizomes not stoloniferous. Leaves: petiole erect, spreading, light green, to 25 cm; blade light yellowish green, orbiculate to cordate, 20—28 × 15—24 cm, base decurrent, apex acuminate; veins in 6—9 lateral pairs. Scape 60—80 cm. Inflorescences: racemes bright green, 10—15-flowered, stout, solid, to 25 cm; floral bracts large, greenish white, ovate-lanceolate, navicular; sterile bracts leafy, sparse. Flowers to 13 cm, fragrant; perianth long-tubular; tepals white, lobes sharply recurved; anthers yellow. Capsules large, elongate, apex pointed. 2n = 60.

Flowering late summer (August). Disturbed open areas; 0--100 m; introduced; Pa., expected elsewhere; se China.

Hosta plantaginea is widely cultivated for its fragrant white flowers, which open in late afternoon or evening. This showy species was the first Hosta cultivated in Europe, starting in 1784, and then in the New World. Following its introduction from China, it was planted by the thousands in public gardens and became known as Parisian funkia or hosta.

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