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hosta

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noun hos·ta \ˈhō-stə, ˈhä-\

Definition of hosta

  1. :  any of a genus (Hosta) of Asian perennial herbaceous plants of the lily family with densely growing basal leaves and tall racemes of white or violet flowers —called also funkia, plantain lily



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There are about 40 species of hostas or plantain lilies, which are hardy perennials in the lily family, native to eastern Asia. They prefer light shade, but will grow under a variety of conditions. They are valued for their conspicuous foliage, which may be light to dark green, yellow, blue, or variegated. The ribbed leaves grow in a cluster at the base, and stalks bearing clusters of tubular white or bluish-purple flowers emerge from the leaves.

Origin and Etymology of hosta

New Latin, from Nicolaus Host †1834 Austrian botanist


First Known Use: 1930


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