Hosta 'Fortunei Gigantea'

Yet another hosta that has had confusion associated with its name. As the name implies, it is a giant size (30 inches high) plant growing to 70 inches wide. It forms pale lavender flowers from late June into 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 H. 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. This plant may have been sold at one time as Mackwoods No. 10.

       

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