PLANT PROFILE

 

NAME: Hosta

LATIN NAME / FAMILY:  Hosta / Funkiaceae

OTHER COMMON NAME(S):  Plantain Lily

CONDITIONS: partial shade
 

PARTS:

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TASTE

RAW/COOK

SEASON

All

 

 

 

 

Shoots

 

 

 

 

Leaves

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Stalk/Stem

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Buds

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Flowers

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Fruits

 

 

 

 

Pods

 

 

   

Seeds

 

 

 

 

Nuts

 

 

 

 

Roots

 

 

 

 

Bark

 

 

 

 

 

PORTION: small-medium

 

COMMENT/CAUTION: “Today, the plant is sold as Urui, and the shoots, leaves and flowers are all edible.  The soft texture and mild, less bitter flavor of young shoots is preferred to older growth.  It is best to harvest leaves in the morning, when they have the highest moisture content.  They can be eaten raw or cooked (boiled) and I have seen descriptions of taste which include snow pea pods, asparagus, lettuce and spinach.  Snipping the blooms may seem gruesome to some hosta fanatics, but the flowers are also edible and can be used to beautify your salad or featured as a cake decoration. Although all species appear to be edible, H. montana and H. sieboldii are the most common vegetable favorites, while H. plantaginea is preferred for the sweet delicacy of flower consumption.  An interesting aside, the Chinese frequently plant fields of H. plantaginea for honey production.” CAUTION: Cook if you want to avoid oxalic acid content.

 

NUTRITION/MEDICINAL:  https://www.webmd.com / https://draxe.com/

 

LOOK-A-LIKES:  

 

POISONOUS LOOK-A-LIKES: 

 

OTHER USES:

 

SOURCE LINKS (may include nutritional and medicinal info, plus other uses):

  1. https://www.pfaf.org/user/Plant.aspx?LatinName=Hosta+species  
  2. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hosta
  3. http://www.foragingtexas.com/2012/05/hostas.html  (good photos)
  4. https://www.hostasdirect.com/blog/hostas-are-edible/
     

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