Hosta ventricosa, a natural tetraploid, undergoes pseudogamous apomixis and therefore breeds true, but is of no use as a seed parent in hybridizing. It can, however, act as a pollen parent. Like H. plantaginea, this species was an early introduction from China.
Scape to 1 m; lvs ovate or cordate, ca 10 cm wide; fls blue or purple, 5 cm, the slender tube abruptly expanded into a campanulate limb; 2n=60. Native of e. Asia, occasionally escaped from cult. in our range.
Gleason, Henry A. & Cronquist, Arthur J. 1991. Manual of vascular plants of northeastern United States and adjacent Canada. lxxv + 910 pp.