Close up of Hosta in outdoor Jefferson Market Garden in New York City.
Hosta is a genus of plants commonly known as hostas, plantain lilies and occasionally by the Japanese name giboshi. Hostas are widely cultivated as shade-tolerant foliage plants. They haveh broad lanceolate or ovate leaves varying widely in size by species from from 1–18 in long and 0.75–12 in broad. Leaf color in wild species is typically green, although some species yellow-green
Flowers are produced on upright scapes that are woody and remain on the plant throughout winter, they are generally taller than the leaf mound, and end in terminal racemes. The individual flowers are usually pendulous, 0.75–2 in long, with six petals, white, lavender, or violet in color and usually scentless.