Definition of hosta
: 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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Her garden blooms with hydrangeas, hostas, vinca and magnolias, while sweet potato vine is featured on her storage shed.
Flowers can range in color from white to a dark lavender, and the Royal Standard hosta’s flowers are large and scented.
The borders are a mix of perennials; bulbs; small shrubs; and vines, including allium, clematis, peonies, lilies, delphinium, hosta and poppies.
Created by stonemason Eddie Foisy, a circular walkway takes you to a miniature medieval castle surrounded by fairy portals, a magic diorama enveloped in a bank of lush hosta, ferns and sweet woodruff.
Falls Church Garden Club plant sale Includes natives, hostas, ferns and more. 8 a.m.-noon, Falls Church Community Center’s gym, 223 Little Falls St., Falls Church.
Arum italicum may thrive in full sun, but hostas don’t.
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Examples of easy-to-plant perennials are bear's breeches, hostas, and red-hot pokers.
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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: 1930See Words from the same year
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