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 undulata (Otto & Dietr.) L.H.Bail.

Fully-hardy clump-forming perennial with twisted, deeply-channelled, lance-shaped leaves, marked with white or pale yellow, and funnel-shaped, mauve flowers in summer.  To 1m.  [RHSE, Hortus].  Regarded by some as a form of Hosta lancifolia Tratt. which see, but treated separately here.

Horticultural & Botanical History

Funkia undulata was introduced to Britain in 1834.  [JD].  Paxton’s Dictionary describes one variety, variegata, which is the form generally grown in gardens today. 

History at Camden Park

Listed in all published catalogues [B.213/1843].


Published Jan 07, 2010 - 12:13 PM | Last updated Jan 07, 2010 - 01:30 PM

Family Hostaceae
Region of origin


  • Hemerocallis undulata Siebold ex Otto & Dietr.
  • Funkia undulata Otto & Dietr.
  • Niobe undulata (Otto & Dietr.) Nash
Common Name

Wavy-leafed plantain lily

Name in the Camden Park Record

Hemerocallis undulata 

Confidence level high