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Hosta

Hosta Bressingham Blue, a Hosta cultivar
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Liliopsida
Order: Asparagales
Family: Agavaceae
Genus: Hosta
Species
  • Hosta atropurpurea
  • Hosta capitata
  • Hosta cathayana
  • Hosta clausa
  • Hosta crassifolia
  • Hosta crispula
  • Hosta decorata
  • Hosta fluctuans
  • Hosta fortunei
  • Hosta gracillima
  • Hosta helenioides
  • Hosta hypoleuca
  • Hosta ibukiensis
  • Hosta jonesii
  • Hosta kikutii
  • Hosta lancifolia
  • Hosta longipes
  • Hosta longissima
  • Hosta minor
  • Hosta montana
  • Hosta nakaiana
  • Hosta nigrescens
  • Hosta opipara
  • Hosta plantaginea
  • Hosta pulchella
  • Hosta pycnophylla
  • Hosta rectifolia
  • Hosta rohdeifolia
  • Hosta rupifraga
  • Hosta sieboldiana
  • Hosta sieboldii
  • Hosta tardiflora
  • Hosta tardiva
  • Hosta tibai
  • Hosta tokudama
  • Hosta tortifrons
  • Hosta tsushimensis
  • Hosta undulata
  • Hosta ventricosa
  • Hosta venusta
  • Hosta yingeri

Hosta is a genus of about 40 species of lily-like plants in the family Agavaceae, native to northeast Asia. The scientific name is also used as the common name; in the past they were also sometimes known as "Plantain lily", now obsolete. The Japanese name Giboshi is also used in English to a small extent. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1728x2304, 1480 KB) Please see the file description page for further information. ... This Osteospermum Pink Whirls is a successful cultivar. ... Scientific classification or biological classification is how biologists group and categorize extinct and living species of organisms. ... Divisions Land plants (embryophytes) Non-vascular plants (bryophytes) Hepatophyta - liverworts Anthocerophyta - hornworts Bryophyta - mosses Vascular plants (tracheophytes) Lycopodiophyta - clubmosses Equisetophyta - horsetails Pteridophyta - true ferns Psilotophyta - whisk ferns Ophioglossophyta - adderstongues Seed plants (spermatophytes) †Pteridospermatophyta - seed ferns Pinophyta - conifers Cycadophyta - cycads Ginkgophyta - ginkgo Gnetophyta - gnetae Magnoliophyta - flowering plants Adiantum pedatum (a fern... Classes Magnoliopsida - Dicots Liliopsida - Monocots The flowering plants (also angiosperms or Magnoliophyta) are one of the major groups of modern plants, comprising those that produce seeds in specialized reproductive organs called flowers, where the ovulary or carpel is enclosed. ... Orders Base Monocots: Acorus Alismatales Asparagales Dioscoreales Liliales Pandanales Family Petrosaviaceae Commelinids: Arecales Commelinales Poales Zingiberales Family Dasypogonaceae Monocotyledons or monocots are a group of flowering plants usually ranked as a class and once called the Monocotyledoneae. ... Families according to the Angiosperm Phylogeny Group Agapanthus Agavaceae Alliaceae Amaryllidaceae Aphyllanthaceae Asparagaceae Asphodelaceae Asteliaceae Blandfordiaceae Boryaceae Doryanthaceae Hemerocallidaceae Hyacinthaceae Hypoxidaceae Iridaceae Ixioliriaceae Lanariaceae Laxmanniaceae Orchidaceae Ruscaceae Tecophilaeaceae Themidaceae Xanthorrhoea Xeronema Asparagales is an order of monocots which includes a number of families of non-woody plants. ... Genera See text Agavaceae is a family of plants that includes many well-known desert and dry zone types such as the agave, yucca, and Joshua tree. ... Binomial name Hosta undulata Hosta undulata is a species of Hostas, widely cultivated as ornamental plants. ... Genera See text Agavaceae is a family of plants that includes many well-known desert and dry zone types such as the agave, yucca, and Joshua tree. ... World map showing location of Asia Asia is the central and eastern part of Eurasia, defined by subtracting Europe from Eurasia. ...


They are herbaceous plants, with broad lanceolate leaves 6–50 cm long and 4–30 cm broad. The flowers are produced on an erect panicle up to 60 cm tall; the individual flowers are usually pendulous, 2–5 cm long, with six petals, greenish, white, violet or pink in colour; richly perfumed in some species, but mostly scentless. This article is about the plants used in cooking and medicine. ... In botany, a leaf is an above-ground plant organ specialized for photosynthesis. ... CM or cm may stand for: Cameroon (ISO country code) Roman numeral for 900 Chelmsford: CM is the British post code for the region in eastern England which is served by the Chelmsford postal sorting office. ... Wildflowers A flower is the reproductive structure of those plants classified as angiosperms (flowering plants; Division Magnoliophyta). ... White-fruited Rowan (Sorbus glabrescens) corymb; note the branched structures holding the fruits. ...


Cultivation and uses

Though many Hostas originate in China, many of the species that provide the modern shade garden plants were introduced from Japan to Europe by Philipp Franz von Siebold in the mid-19th century. statue in Akashicho (near Tsukiji), chuo-ku,Tokyo Japan Philipp Franz Balthasar von Siebold (February 17, 1796 in Würzburg - October 18, 1866 in Munich) was a German physician. ... Alternative meaning: Nineteenth Century (periodical) (18th century — 19th century — 20th century — more centuries) As a means of recording the passage of time, the 19th century was that century which lasted from 1801-1900 in the sense of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Hostas are widely-cultivated ground cover plants; cultivars with golden- or white-variegated leaves are especially prized. The American Hosta Society and the British Hosta and Hemerocallis Society support Hosta Display Gardens, often within botanical gardens. Groundcover is any plant used for the purpose of growing over an area of ground to hide it or to protect it from erosion or drought. ... This Osteospermum Pink Whirls is a successful cultivar. ... Variegation is the appearance of differently coloured zones in the leaves, and sometimes the stems, of plants. ... Inside the United States Botanic Garden Botanical gardens (in Latin hortus botanicus) grow a wide variety of plants both for scientific purposes and for the enjoyment and education of visitors. ...


Hostas are notoriously a favourite food for slugs and snails, which commonly cause extensive damage to hosta collections in gardens. Slugs are gastropods without shells or with very small shells (often which are internal), in contrast with snails from which they share a common ancestor, which have a prominent shell. ... Giant African Snail (Achatina fulica) The name snail applies to most members of the molluscan class Gastropoda that have coiled shells. ...


  Results from FactBites:
 
Plant Delights Nursery, Inc. - Hosta and Exotic Perennials (702 words)
Genera of special focus include amorphophallus, arisaema, asarum, cannas, crinum lilies, epimediums, ferns, hardy palms, hardy ginger lilies, helleborus, heuchera, hosta, lobelia, ornamental grasses, pulmonaria, solomon's seal, tiarella, verbena, and zephyranthes,...to mention but a few.
Many of the plants listed are our own introductions, in addition to those of other breeders...often appearing here for the first time in commerce (see list of PDN Intros).
Despite the large number of hostas on the market today, there is room for distinctive leaf patterns, better flowers, and good old Southern non-wimpy names.
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