Mark Zilis is an internationally known expert on plants in the genus, Hosta. He was a pioneer in the process of tissue culture propagation of hostas at his former nursery (Q&Z Nursery) in Illinois. Mark received an MS in horticulture from the University of Illinois and has travelled extensively in Japan in search of new hostas. For nearly 40 years, he has been involved in all aspects of hosta culture, propagation and science.

In 2009, Zilis published what is still the most extensive tome about hostas. It is 1,125 pages in length and contains descriptions of over 7,400 species and cultivars. In almost all cases, Mark has personally observed and taken notes on each hosta over the decades in many gardens in many countries.

This highly detailed reference includes cultivar names, hybridizers and originators names, history, status of availability and descriptions of the individual plant's size, color, growth habit, etc. It also contains plenty of first hand observations and opinions by the author.

This book is a must for the library of any serious hostaphile!

  • Hardcover: 1128 pages
    Publisher: Q & Z Nursery, Inc; 1ST edition (2009)
    ISBN-10: 0967944015
    ISBN-13: 978-0967944012
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  1. The Observation and Cultivation of Hostas by Kenji Watanabe (1985)
  2. The Genus Hosta by W. George Schmid (1991)
  3. Hostas (Foliage Plants in Garden Design) by Sandra Bond (1992)
  4. The Hosta Book by Paul Aden (1994)
  5. Gardener's Guide to Growing Hostas  by Diana Grenfell (1996)
  6. The Hosta Handbook by Mark Zilis (2001)
  7. An Encyclopedia of Shade Perennials by W. George Schmid (2002)
  8. Les Hostas by Reggie Millette (2003)
  9. The Color Encyclopedia of Hostas by Diana Grenfell & Mike Shadrack (2004)
  10. Timber Press Pocket Guide to Hostas by Diana Grenfell & Mike Shadrack(2007)
  11. The Hostapedia by Mark Zilis (2009)
  12. The New Encyclopedia of Hostas by Diana Grenfell (2009)
  13. The Book of Little Hostas by Kathy and Michael Shadrack (2010)
  14. A Rookie's Guide to Hostas, Hostas, Hostas by Ralph Heiden (2012)
  15. Hostas: An Illustrated Guide... by Andrew Mikolajski (2013)
  16. Hostas: Grow Your Hostas... by Reggie Millette (2013)
  17. Field Guide to Hostas by Mark Zilis (2014)
  18. Hosta Lists by Don Rawson (Yearly)

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