Colin Mills, compiler of the Hortus Camdenensis, died in late November 2012 after a short illness. As he always considered the Hortus his legacy, it is his family's intention to keep the site running in perpetuity. It will not, however, be updated in the near future.

Hosta lancifolia Tratt.

Fully-hardy perennial forming a dense mound of arching, lance-shaped leaves and narrowly funnel-shaped deep purple flowers in summer.  To 45cm.  [RHSE, Hortus].

Horticultural & Botanical History

‘We received it from our friend Mr. Schuurmann, of the Leyden Botanical Garden.  This ancient institution interesting by reason of the connexion of so many of the early botanists with it, we rejoice to find is still in a flourishing condition.’  [LBC no.1658/1832]. 

Funkia lancaefolia was introduced to Britain in 1829.  [JD].  OFG f.166/1854. 

History at Camden Park

Listed in all published catalogues as Hemerocallis lancifolia [B.211/1843] and also possibly as Hemerocallis undulata [B.213/1843].  See Hosta undulata (Otto & Dietr.) L.H.Bail.


Sometimes spelt lancaefolia.

Published Jan 07, 2010 - 11:28 AM | Last updated Jan 07, 2010 - 01:29 PM

Figured are lance-shaped leaves and narrowly funnel-shaped deep purple flowers.  Loddiges Botanical Cabinet no.1658/1832.

Hosta lancifolia Tratt. | LBC no.1658/1832 as Hemerocallis lancifolia | RBGS

Family Hostaceae
Region of origin

Korea, Japan

  • Hemerocallis lancifolia Thunb.
  • Funkia lancifolia Spreng.
  • Hemerocallis undulata Siebold ex Otto & Dietr. 
Common Name

Narrow-leafed plantain lily

Name in the Camden Park Record

Hemerocallis lancifolia 

Confidence level high