Plantain Lily


Latin Name : Hosta

Grown mainly for their foliage, the Plantain Lily is available in many colours and leaf shapes and sizes. It dies down in the Autumn, only to come back again in the Spring.

Often grown alongside Asilbe, either in borders or by water, they compliment eachother very well, and have been a popular association for many years.

The Hosta plantaginea in this image shows how a typical flower looks, and gives us very obvious clues as to how it came to be commonly referred to as the Plantain Lily.

This variegated form is called ‘Whirlwind’

And this popular one – ‘Fire and Ice’.

But you don’t absolutely have to have water or grand surroundings to grow Hostas. They do very well in deep pots too.