A family of some 3 genera and 12 species of cormous or rhizomatous perennial herbs from temperate regions of the Northern Hemisphere. [Watson, L., and Dallwitz, M.J. 1992 onwards. The families of flowering plants: descriptions, illustrations, identification, and information retrieval. Version: 25th November 2009. http://delta-intkey.com]. Previously included in Liliaceae and by some in Funkiaceae. Represented in the Hortus by a number of species of Hosta.