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?(hō′stə, hŏs′tə)
Any of various perennial plants of the genus Hosta, native to East Asia and widely cultivated for their attractive shade-tolerant foliage and tall racemes of white, blue, or lilac flowers. Also called funkia, plantain lily.

[New Latin Hosta, genus name, after Nicolaus Thomas Host (1761-1834), Austrian botanist.]
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(Plants) any plant of the liliaceous genus Hosta, of China and Japan: cultivated esp for their ornamental foliage
[C19: New Latin, named after N. T. Host (1761–1834), Austrian physician]
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(ˈhoʊ stə, ˈhɒs tə)

n., pl. -tas.
any of various plants belonging to the genus Hosta, of the lily family, as the plantain lily.
[< New Latin (1797), after Nicolaus Thomas Host (1761–1834), Austrian botanist; see -a2]
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Noun1.hosta - robust east Asian clump-forming perennial herbs having racemose flowers: plantain liliesHosta - robust east Asian clump-forming perennial herbs having racemose flowers: plantain lilies; sometimes placed in family Hostaceae
liliid monocot genus - genus of monocotyledonous plants comprising mostly herbs having usually petaloid sepals and petals and compound pistils
family Liliaceae, Liliaceae, lily family - includes species sometimes divided among the following families: Alliaceae; Aloeaceae; Alstroemeriaceae; Aphyllanthaceae; Asparagaceae; Asphodelaceae; Colchicaceae; Convallariaceae; Hemerocallidaceae; Hostaceae; Hyacinthaceae; Melanthiaceae; Ruscaceae; Smilacaceae; Tecophilaeacea; Xanthorrhoeaceae
day lily, plantain lily - any of numerous perennials having mounds of sumptuous broad ribbed leaves and clusters of white, blue, or lilac flowers; used as ground cover
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How can I get rid of couch grass that's come up in the middle of a big clump of hostas? I've tried pulling it out, but that hasn't worked.
* John Richter opens his private garden in Warrenville to share the beauty of his various grafted trees, thousands of day lilies and more than 750 varieties of hostas. To schedule a tour, call (630) 393-3279.
Hostas A range of hostas, acers, shrubs and a large koi pond are all on offer for visitors to admire.
| Lift and divide perennials - it's good to do hostas before they come into leaf.
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Hall Green Gardeners Club ROBERT Barlow admitted that he was an enthusiastic amateur with no horticultural training, but he certainly knew all about hostas.
There are so many plants that relish shade or filtered light that it is easy to become overwhelmed, but when making a selection, remember, the following plants are the sine qua non of the shade garden: ferns, hostas, caladiums, ajuga, impatiens and coral bells.
In last week's homemaker, garden designer Sean Murray wrote about his love of hostas and said there is "no ultimate deterrent" to snails munching through the leaves.
Hostas are one of my favourite plants to use in design, they originate from Northeast Asia, Japan, China and Korea and they prefer shade and good loamy soil.
Every gardener knows hostas. A few collect them obsessively and each year new varieties are launched.
EVERY gardener knows hostas. A few collect them obsessively and each year new varieties are launched - some monstrous, some tiny, some with different variegation, more puckered, smoother, with taller stems or shorter growth.
Hostas in pots around the front door at Glebe Cottage including H.