about hostas

About Hostas, a Popular Perennial Worldwide

According to Mark Zilis, author of The Hostapedia, hostas are the most popular perennial in the United States. Their popularity extends worldwide: Since the origin of the genus during the eighth century in East Asia, hostas have gained admirers in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, the Czech Republic, Denmark, England, France, Germany, Ireland, Japan, Latvia, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Russia, Scotland, Slovakia, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom. At last count, over ten thousand cultivars had been produced, and hybridizers around the world continue to introduce more.

To find an image of a hosta by name, visit The Hosta Library. To learn more about hostas and celebrate their beauty with others, consider joining The American Hosta Society. To find a hosta society near you, visit the AHS’s map listing societies by U.S. states and internationally. To read a tantalizing magical realist mystery set in a garden in Lewes, DE, in 2012, check out Hosta Seizure.

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