Plantain lily profile

Written by Maggie

Sep 11 2021

Plantain lily profile

Plantain lily is also known as Hosta, liliaceae perennial root herb flowers. Plantain lily is a terminal raceme with 9 - to 15-flowered flowers. Flowers are white, tubular funnel-shaped, fragrant, flowering July - September. 

Plantain lily picture

Plantain lily

Plantain lily characteristics


The rhizome of hosta is thick, 1.5-3 cm thick.


Leaves are ovate-cordate, ovate, or ovoid, 14-24 cm long, 8-16 cm wide, apex subacuminate, base cordate, with 6-10 contralateral veins; The petiole is 20-40 cm long.


Scape of Plantain lily, 40-80 cm high, with a few to a dozen flowers; Flowers outer bracts are ovate or lanceolate, 2.5 -- 7 cm long, 1 -- 1.5 cm wide; Endo Bracts are very small; Flowers solitary or in clusters of 2-3, 10-13 cm long, white, fragrant; Pedicels ca. is 1 cm; Stamens are subequal to perianth or slightly shorter, base ca. 15-20 mm adnate to the perianth tube.


Capsule of plantain lily terete, trigonal, ca. 6 cm long, ca. 1 cm in diameter.

Plantain lily flowering period is from August to October.

Plantain lily habits

Plantain lily is a typical negative plant, which is fond of a humid environment, leaves turn yellow when exposed to strong light, and grow poorly. It is fond of fertile and humid sandy loam soil, and is extremely cold resistant. Most parts of China can overwinter in the open, and the ground parts wither after frost, and sprout new buds in the next spring.Avoid strong sun exposure.

Plantain lily distribution range

Plantain lily is native to China and Japan. It is found in Sichuan, Hubei, Hunan, Jiangsu, Anhui, Zhejiang, Fujian and Guangdong provinces. Europe, the United States are also more cultivated.

Growing method of Plantain Lily

1. The soil

When selecting the soil for planting Plantain Lily, try to find some fertile and moist sandy soil, which will be more conducive to the better growth of Plantain Lily.

Plantain lily

2. Seeds

Soak the seeds in warm water, the seeds absorb water and expand easily, germinate. Wet one end of the toothpick with water and place the seeds one at a time in the soil, covering the soil about 1 cm thick, and allow the water to come up slowly.

3. Maintenance

Plantain lily is a good shade loving plant. It is better to plant it in the open air in a shady place that is not exposed to direct sunlight. Indoor pots can be placed in a bright room for viewing, but not in direct sunlight. During the growth period, thin liquid fertilizer should be applied once every 7-10 days. Nitrogen fertilizer and a small amount of P fertilizer can be applied as topdressing during germination and before flowering.

Propagation methods of Plantain lily

Plantain lily is mainly propagated by dividing plants. It can be carried out from April to May in spring or October to November in autumn. Every 3-5 bisect plant once. To divide or segment the rhizome. Each with 2-3 buds sleep. Carry out sub-planting. Don't water too much after planting, lest the roots rot. Seeds mature in autumn, harvest and dry in the sun. Sowing the seeds in February or March of the following year.  

Plantain Lily flower language

1. Elegant and beautiful

The flowers of Plantain Lily are mostly pure and white, pure and clean, noble and distinctive, and very elegant and beautiful. When Plantain Lily is not in blossom, it looks like the hairpins used by women in ancient times, so it has this name. Beautiful Plantain lily is often used to describe beautiful women, and it is very appropriate to compliment a woman's appearance.

2. Pure and clear

Plantain Lily has white flowers when it blossoms, which looks very clean. Like lotus, Plantain Lily grows in the soil but does not stain, giving people a fresh, refined and pure feeling. Its flowers have a rich fragrance, which is very eye-catching and unforgettable.

Plantain lily