[M] A hosta carrying the name of the Greek goddess of love and beauty has to be special, but it's not the leaves that make this Chinese selection desirable. Hosta 'Aphrodite' is a sport of the species Hosta plantaginea, with the same green, rounded, smooth, glossy leaves. The difference is in the white, highly fragrant flowers. The huge buds open in August to reveal numerous inner petals. This double flowered goddess needs lots of heat and moisture to bloom properly. 'Aphrodite' grows rapidly into a large clump about 24" tall and 50" across that will seduce you with her scent and beauty.
(W.G. Schmid/Maekawa - 2009)