Definition of hosta in English:



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

    Also called plantain lily
    • ‘Last year I underestimated the growth of my hostas and planted dahlias somewhere in their vicinity.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It is ideal for growing in a mixed planting of hostas, siberian iris, and other good foliage plants.’
    • ‘Covering the hillside around the patio is a tapestry of astilbes, azaleas, campanulas, ferns, hellebores, hostas, Japanese maples, moss, and rhododendrons.’
    • ‘Lift and divide overcrowded clumps of perennials, including campanulas, daylilies, hostas, peonies, sedums, and Shasta daisies.’


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