Hosta lancifolia
Family: Lily (Lilaceae)

Petal arrangement: The flower has a very long corolla that extends into 6, purplish, very pointed parts. The stamens often extend farther than the end of the petals. They have dark purple veins that run through the lilac colored petals. The flowers are about 1 ½ to 2 inches or 4 centimeters long. The flowers tend to grow along the stem in a raceme, ( a cluster of flowers one-by-one climbing the stem.

Color: Violet

Leaf arrangement: The leaves are basal, and about 1 inch to 2 inches or 3 to 5 cm wide. They are lanceolate shaped. The leaves are very large, and often this flower is planted for it large bright green leaves.

Size, Location, Season: This flower grows to be about 1 foot or 30 cm tall. It has escaped from cultivation and now can be found in the wild. It grows throughout summer throughout New England.

**Found behind the Kosow Biochemistry Building at Brandeis University in mid September.

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