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Fragrant Plantain Lily

Hosta plantaginea

Also known as

Autumn lily, Fragrant plaintain lily, Maruba, Yusan

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Full Sun
Easy care
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size









  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a strong fragrance

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A Hosta plantaginea plant with pretty green leaves

Fragrant Plantain Lily Overview

Hosta plantaginea is a herbaceous perennial that forms a dome-shaped mound of foliage. It has ovate, light green, glossy leaves and white, trumpet-shaped flowers that are produced on erect stems and which produce a strong fragrance. Best planted away from cold, dry winds in moist soil. Attractive to slugs and snails!

Common problems with Fragrant Plantain Lily

Fragrant Plantain Lily Companion Plants

How to propagate Fragrant Plantain Lily


Divide clumps every 4 or 5 years in late summer or early spring. Ensure each section has 1 to 3 good buds and trim away damaged roots. Replant at their original depth in the ground with the shoots just poking through the soil. Water and apply a granular feed.


Collect seeds in autumn from dry seed heads, sow in Spring and place in a cold frame.

Special features of Fragrant Plantain Lily

Attractive flowers

Attractive leaves

Other uses of Fragrant Plantain Lily

Shade, border, fragrance, cutting bed, walls, rock garden, ground cover