Definition of hosta in English:

hosta

noun

  • An East Asian plant cultivated in the West for its shade-tolerant foliage and loose clusters of tubular mauve or white flowers.

    Genus Hosta (formerly Funkia), family Liliaceae

    • ‘Last year I underestimated the growth of my hostas and planted dahlias somewhere in their vicinity.’
    • ‘It is ideal for growing in a mixed planting of hostas, siberian iris, and other good foliage plants.’
    • ‘Lift and divide overcrowded clumps of perennials, including campanulas, daylilies, hostas, peonies, sedums, and Shasta daisies.’
    • ‘Covering the hillside around the patio is a tapestry of astilbes, azaleas, campanulas, ferns, hellebores, hostas, Japanese maples, moss, and rhododendrons.’
    • ‘In cottage gardens, old standbys such as asters, daylilies, delphiniums, and hostas mix with newer perennials such as coreopsis and ornamental grasses such as fountain grass and blood grass.’

Origin

Modern Latin, named after Nicolaus T. Host (1761–1834), Austrian physician.

Pronunciation

hosta

/ˈhɒstə/