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Hosta plantaginea Aschers.

Fully-hardy clump-forming perennial with heart-shaped leaves and trumpet-shaped, long-tubed, very fragrant white flowers in summer and autumn.  To 60cm.  [RHSE, Hortus].  

Horticultural & Botanical History

‘[Hemerocallis japonica is] Hardy; blooms much later in the year than caerulea, and not so freely. […] Introduced in 1790 by Mr. G. Hibbert.  Our drawing was made form a plant that flowered in the open ground at Mr. Vere’s.’  [BM t.1433/1812]. Redouté-L pl.3/1802-1815.

History at Camden Park

Listed in all published catalogues [B.210/1843].


Some authorities give Hemerocallis japonica Thunb. as a synonym of Hosta sieboldii (Pax.) J.Ingram which see, or Hosta lancifolia Tratt which see, but they are retained separately here.

Published Jan 06, 2010 - 05:28 PM | Last updated Jan 07, 2010 - 01:29 PM

Figured are heart-shaped leaves and trumpet-shaped, long-tubed white flowers.  Redout? Liliac?es pl.3, 1802-1815.

Hosta plantaginea Aschers. | Redouté Liliacées pl.3/1802-1815 | BHL

Family Hostaceae
Region of origin


  • Hemerocallis japonica Thunb.
  • Funkia subcordata Spreng. 
Common Name

Fragrant plantain lily, August lily

Name in the Camden Park Record

Hemerocallis Japonica 

Confidence level high