Yet another hosta that has had
confusion associated with its name. As the name implies, it is a
giant (30 inches high) plant growing to 70 inches wide. It
forms pale lavender flowers in late June to mid July.
The Hostapedia by
(2009) states, "For some reason,
Liberty Hyde Bailey (1858-1954) considered this plant a
variety of Hosta fortunei. He was probably unaware of
to which 'Fortunei Gigantea' is closely related. It has also
been sold as Hosta elata by many nurseries...In the
garden, 'Fortunei Gigantea' makes a magnificent, large specimen
The species (now cultivar) was named for plant explorer
Robert Fortune. This plant may have been sold at one time as
Mackwoods No. 10.