Hosta 'Fortunei Gigantea'

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 Mark Zilis (2009) states, "For some reason, Liberty Hyde Bailey (1858-1954) considered this plant a variety of Hosta fortunei. He was probably unaware of Hosta montana 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 plant."

The species (now cultivar) was named for plant explorer Robert Fortune.


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