Hosta plantaginea – August Lily

This forms a mound of leaves about 60cm tall and the flower spikes rise above that to about 100cm. Spikes of fragrant, large, white flowers rise above broad, pale-green, weed-supressing leaves in summer.

We generally grow hostas for their leaves. The flowers of this one give a welcome boost of interest to shady spots in mid/late summer. The fragrance is wonderful but not especially strong, so you have to get down with the plant to really appreciate it.

Click here to view the Hosta plantaginea page in Karin’s Garden.