Hosta ventricosa is a perennial monocotyledon herb from a dense mat of thick roots; flowering stem to 1 m, leafless.
Leaves all basal, egg to heart-shaped, about 10 cm wide, most often solid green or white-striped, veins impressed, parallel to midrib.
Flowers pale blue, 5 cm long, radially symmetrical, tubular, funnel-shaped, petal lobes flaring, tips pointed, drooping from top of stem; July-Sept.
Fruit dry, capsules 3-4 cm long, 0.5 cm wide, rarely produced.
Wetland status: UPL.
Frequency in NYC: Very infrequent.
Origin: China, Japan.
Habitat: From garden waste or on old house sites.
Notes: Apparently naturalized in New Jersey and south. Other Hosta species that are sometimes found in natural areas are H. plantaginea, with large, fragrant white flowers, and H. lancifolia with smaller leaves and pale lavender flowers 4 cm long, both are Asian.