Blue Plantain Lily
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Blue Plantain Lily
P Introduced Photo: Thingnam Girija
Common name: Blue Plantain Lily
Botanical name: Hosta ventricosa    Family: Asparagaceae (Asparagus family)
Synonyms: Hosta coerulea, Hosta miquelii, Hemerocallis caerulea

Blue Plantain Lily is a hairless perennlai herb, with flowering stem 2-3 ft tall, bearing a raceme of 10-30 beautiful violet-blue funnel-shaped flowers. Bract subtending each flower is white, oblong-lanceshaped, 1-2 cm, membranous. Flowers are solitary, not fragrant, flower-stalk 7-10 mm. Flowers are funnel-shaped, 4-6 cm. Stamens are curved, beautifully protruding out. Rhizome is 0.3-1 cm thick, stout. Leaf-stalk is 6--30 cm. Leaves lie in a rosette at the bottom, ovate-heart-shaped, -round, or ovate, 4-19 x 4-17 cm, hairless, veins in 7-11 pairs, base nearly heart-shaped or somewhat flat, very rarely slightly wedge-shaped, tip abruptly pointed. Capsule is cylindric, 2.5-4.5 cm x 6-7 mm, 3-angled. Blue Plantain Lily is native to China, cultivated as a garden plant in NE India. Flowering: June-September.

Identification credit: Tabish Photographed in Pelling, Sikkim.

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