Hostas are easy to grow, shade tolerant, herbaceous perennials. Hostas are grown mainly for their beautiful foliage. Hosta leaves come in a wide range of shapes, colors, sizes, and textures. One common name for Hosta still used in some garden centers is Plantain Lily. Hostas are sometimes still referred to as Funkia. But the real name for hosta is Hosta.
Hostas are native to Japan, Korea, and China. They were first imported and grown in Europe in the late 1700’s. By the mid-1800’s hosta were growing in the United States. Today, there are hundreds of species and thousands of cultivars available to the home gardener as a result of hybridizing and tissue culture propagation.
Hostas were originally propagated by dividing crowns. This is a slow process if large numbers are desired. Tissue Culture is the preferred process to meet today's needs of large numbers of hosta and hosta cultivars entering the market.