Hosta Species

Hosta plantaginea

Family: Liliaceae (lil-ee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Hosta (HOSS-tuh) (Info)
Species: plantaginea (plan-tuh-JIN-ee-uh) (Info)
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Plant Size (check one):

Large (leaf 81-144 square inches; plant 18-28 tall)


36-48 in. (90-120 cm)


USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 C (-40 F)

USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)

USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)

USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

Sun Exposure:

Light Shade

Partial to Full Shade

Full Shade

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:


Seed Collecting:

Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

Growing Habit:


Growth Rate:


Leaf Shape:


Broadly Ovate

Leaf Appearance:


Degree to which the appearance is present:


Leaf Texture (top):

Slightly Shiny

Leaf Texture (bottom):

Slightly Shiny

Leaf Substance:

3 (Average)

Leaf Color:

Light Green

Color of Leaf Margin:

No margin

Number of Vein Pairs:

9 to 11

Appearance of Margin:

Slightly Rippled

Margin Width:

3" - 3 1/2"

Bloom Time:


Flower Shape:


Flower Fragrance:

Very Fragrant

Does it set seed?:

Yes; seed is viable

Bloom Color:

Pure White

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Flowers are fragrant

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


This plant is said to grow outdoors in the following regions:

Mentone, Alabama

Mobile, Alabama

Marshall, Arkansas

San Francisco, California

Norwich, Connecticut

Atlanta, Georgia

Braselton, Georgia

Dacula, Georgia

Stone Mountain, Georgia

Carbondale, Illinois

Naperville, Illinois

Nilwood, Illinois

Washington, Illinois

Waukegan, Illinois

Indianapolis, Indiana

Iowa City, Iowa

South China, Maine

Pikesville, Maryland

Roslindale, Massachusetts

Wakefield, Massachusetts

Grand Rapids, Michigan

Plainwell, Michigan

Royal Oak, Michigan

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Saint Paul, Minnesota(2 reports)

Hollister, Missouri

Piedmont, Missouri

Milford, Nebraska

Albuquerque, New Mexico

Croton On Hudson, New York

Ithaca, New York

West Chazy, New York

Elizabeth City, North Carolina

Pittsboro, North Carolina

Medora, North Dakota

Bucyrus, Ohio

Cincinnati, Ohio

Columbus, Ohio

Franklin, Ohio

Van Wert, Ohio

Williamsburg, Ohio

Coopersburg, Pennsylvania

Friedensburg, Pennsylvania

Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania

East Greenwich, Rhode Island

Pickens, South Carolina

Leesburg, Virginia

Newport News, Virginia

Portsmouth, Virginia

Kalama, Washington

Vancouver, Washington

Osseo, Wisconsin

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Feb 4, 2014, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

This is one of my favorite hostas and one of the best fragrant garden plants. It blooms for over a month, August-September, which accounts for its common name, August lily. The fragrance is strong and sweet and carries well on the air, with no heaviness to the scent.

The 5" long white trumpets are lovely, though they hang on long after they fade and make the planting look scruffy unless plucked almost daily. (I don't like the look of most hostas when their flowers are faded.)

The double-flowered cultivar 'Aphrodite' has been heavily promoted, but its performance is decidedly inferior to the plain species, as few people garden in a climate that allows its flower buds to open properly.

The foliage is handsome and well complements that of variegate... read more


On Aug 12, 2009, Kim_M from Hamburg, PA (Zone 6b) wrote:

Most wonderful large fragrant flowers. My favorite Hosta


On Jan 23, 2007, ademink from Indianapolis, IN wrote:

I love this hosta and just harvested seeds for the first time this Fall. I planted them and they germinated and are growing in just 7 short days! I'm very excited to see what seedlings are produced. This is a hosta that everyone should own. I have them in a spot that has shade a good part of the day until late afternoon. These tough guys weather that western afternoon sun like a champ! Fragrant and yes, they DO attract hummingbirds and butterflies!


On May 13, 2006, Gabrielle from (Zone 5a) wrote:

This is one of my favorite hostas just for how fragrant the flowers are. Early mornings and evenings are sweetly scented by the large white blooms. A very fast grower, too. For me the leaves have been easily fried by the sun. Blooms August-September in my garden.


On Jan 22, 2006, joegee from Bucyrus, OH (Zone 6a) wrote:

This is one of my favorite flowers. Planted on the north side of my house, these hostas fill late summer evenings with an incredibly rich, sweet (but not cloying to my nose) perfume that can be smelled yards away. Their attractive, heart shaped, knee high lime-yellow/green foliage and the three to four foot high spikes of pure white flowers draw the eye like a beacon into the summer late-evening shadows. The show of nocturnal flowers lasts most of the month of August.

I almost forgot to mention, these flowers draw hummingbirds. During the evenings, and on overcast summer days when the flowers are open hummingbirds surround them.


On Mar 2, 2005, northgrass from West Chazy, NY (Zone 4b) wrote:

This hosta does not really stand out among the other hostas with their colorful leaves except when it blooms in late summer. The exceptionly large pure white lily-like flowers have such a wonderful fragrance. Everyone should have hosta plantaginea if only for experiencing its sweet smell on a warm August evening.


On Jan 11, 2005, lmelling from Ithaca, NY (Zone 5b) wrote:

Hosta plantaginea is noted as a large mound of shiny green foliage; large fragrant, nocturnal, white flowers in August. Mound size runs 25" high by 57" wide.

Leaves are 11" long by 7-3/8" wide, and a medium to light green with a shiny top and underside. Blade is ovate to broadly ovate with a deeply lobed base and distinct tip. Margins are slightly wavy and the leaf has a smooth texture; no purple dots on petioles and an average substance with 9-11 vein pairs.

Flowers in mid August to early September. Flowers are pure white, trumpet shaped, nocturnal and very fragrant. They begin blooming at sundown, open until late afternoon of the second day on scapes ranging from 18" to 34" high. Some seed pods are formed - largest pods of any hosta at 2-3/4" long by 3... read more


On Oct 21, 2003, Torquay from Lansing, MI (Zone 6a) wrote:

I love these hostas. Well established when I bought my home, they grow in full sunlight. If they don't get extra water the leaves turn yellow. Flower stalks are about 4' tall and hummers flock to the masses of white blooms. They are beauties!


On Jun 30, 2003, mahans30 from Kalamazoo, MI wrote:

I have successfully grown this plant in full-sun to full shade. Performs best with some afternoon shade.


On May 6, 2002, Greenwood from Bonifay, FL (Zone 8a) wrote:

A easy to raise hosta that can be mast fragrant and the only nite bloomer with white trumpet-shaped flowers.