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August Lily

Hosta plantaginea ‘Grandiflora’

Hostas, formerly known as "Funkias," were introduced into Europe from China and Japan in the 1780s. By the late nineteenth century the White Day Lily, H. plantaginea (then called Funkia ovata) was considered an old-fashioned flower in America. Gertrude Jekyll, Britain's renown landscape gardener and writer, used the 'Grandiflora' form (a sterile hybrid introduced from Japan in 1841) in large Italian pots, mixed with white lilies, hydrangeas and ferns.August Lily produces fragrant, white, trumpet-shaped flowers on 2-foot stalks in late summer amid glossy, light green leaves that form large clumps. It thrives in part shade and moist, woodsy soil.

Growth Type: 
Perennial
Color(s): 
white
Hardiness Zones: 
Zone 4, Zone 5, Zone 6, Zone 7, Zone 8
Location at Monticello: 
West Lawn by original Tulip Poplar
Planting Conditions: 
Shade
Blooming History: 
2003 Aug 24 to 2003 Sep 262004 Jul 29 to 2004 Aug 272005 Aug 23 to 2005 Oct 42006 Aug 17 to 2006 Sep 152007 Aug 2 to 2007 Sep 282014 Aug 18 to 2014 Sep 122015 Aug 10
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