The genus Hosta contains around 23 species, it originated in East-Central China and the species Hosta plantaginea is still found there in the wild. This genus then spread throughout Asia into Russia and Korea and underwent an adaptive radiation. Hosta has been extensively cultivated and many garden specimens now exist as a result of cultivation. These are popular garden plants found across temperate climates of the Northern hemisphere. Flowers are borne on upright stems, these are typically funnel or bell-shaped and appear in the summer. They are grown mainly for their bold foliage, oval to heart-shaped leaves are produced in dense mounds.
Generally not harvested.
Divide clumps in late summer or early spring.
Seeds can be collected and sown, but the resulting plants may be very different from the parents. Sow seeds in spring.
Northeast Asia, China, Japan, Korea, and the Russian Far East.
Temperate to cold
Partial Sun, Full Shade
Soil PH preference
White, lavender, violet, Purples, White
Slugs and snails as well as deer and rabbits feed on the foliage.