H. plantaginea 'Aphrodite'

In the registration material, this sport of the species, H. plantaginea was listed as having been originated by W. George Schmid and registered on his behalf by Kevin Walek (Hosta Registrar) in 2009. It is a fast growing, large size plant (24 inches high by 60 inches wide) with green leaves that are shiny on top, ovate to broadly ovate and smooth with deep veins. It bears large pure white, fragrant flowers with a double set of tepals in August. The plant originated in China.

According to The Hosta Handbook by Mark Zilis (2000), "As a foliage plant 'Aphrodite' is no different from H. plantaginea and it can be utilized in the same ways in the landscape. Once in bloom, though, it takes on its distinctive character. The fully double flowers are very fragrant and very large."

In The Hostapedia (2009), Mark Zilis adds, "One of the greatest hostas ever introduced...There is some debate as to how many petals 'Aphrodite' should possess, but the typical number ranges from ten to twenty. As for double-flowered hostas, it should be kept moist during the hottest times of the summer or the flower buds will turn brown and abort."

The Hosta Journal, Vol. 37 No. 2 -  2006, contained an article in which several Hostaphiles were asked to give a brief list of their favorite hosta flowers. This plant and a couple of its sports were included in that list.


bullet H. 'White Fairy'
bullet H. 'Athena'
bullet H. plantaginea 'Venus'
bullet H. 'Viette Eighteen'.

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