Plantain Lily, Hosta

Plantain Lily, Hosta (Hosta sp.)
At a Glance
  • Exposure: Full Shade, Full Sun, Partial Sun/Shade
  • Mature Height: 6 Inches to 4 Feet
  • USDA Hardiness Zones: 3 - 8
  • Soil Conditions: Moist, Well-Drained
  • Foliage Color: Green, Silver/White, Variegated, Yellow
  • Bloom Color: Lavender, White
  • Bloom Season: June through August
  • Size: Small, Medium, Tall

Features of Plantain Lily, Hosta


An extremely varied group of plants offering neat mounds of foliage in greens, yellows and blue-gray to variegated. Spikes of flowers that often fragrant. A staple of the shade garden.


  • Moist soils with good organic matter content helps to ensure quality leaf production.
  • Does better in light-filtered sun while there are a few that will tolerate full sun with moisture.