Are Hostas Part Of The Lily Family?

Are hostas related to lilies?

Hosta plantaginea (Plantain Lily)

Grown for both its lovely foliage and heavily fragrant flowers, Hosta plantaginea is a remarkable Plantain Lily. It forms attractive, dense mounds of glossy, bright green leaves, broadly oval, with parallel veins and a quilted surface, and enlivens any shady area of the garden.

What are hostas related to?

Hostas are blooming perennials that belong to the family Asparagaceae. From that family name, you might be thinking, “Wait a minute, does that mean…” And the answer is yes! They ARE in the same family as Asparagus! They're also related to Agave, Hyacinth, and Century plants.

Can you eat hostas?

When in doubt, just treat them like any other leafy green. Interestingly enough, hosta flowers are also edible (albeit a bit bland), and these can be used as colorful garnishes. While they are indeed safe for human consumption, hostas are toxic to cats and dogs.

Are lilies related to asparagus?

However, genetic research places lilies, Allium, and asparagus in three separate families—the Liliaceae, Amaryllidaceae, and Asparagaceae, respectively— the Amaryllidaceae and Asparagaceae are grouped together in the order Asparagales.

Where did hostas come from?

Native to China, Japan, and Korea, hostas came to America via Europe in the 1800s and have become a mainstay in the flower garden ever since. The common name for hosta is Plantain Lily, for its large decorative leaves.

Do hosta come back every year?

Hostas are perennials, which means they will come back bigger and better every year. Most hostas grow well in Zones 3 to 9. These versatile shade plants form a mound of leaves but vary greatly by variety, offering differences in plant size, leaf shape, and leaf color.

Why are hostas so popular?

They offer luxuriant tropical foliage in a wide variety of sizes and colors in parts of the country where tropical plants are not hardy. Better yet they demand cold to such a degree that many of my hosta friends swear that their hostas always “do better” after a hard winter.

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