Ideal for containers, edging, and groundcover.


Blue Mouse Ears Hosta

1-Quart
Item # 48054
$15.95
Buy 3+ at $14.95 ea

Hosta 'Blue Mouse Ears'

Soft blue-green coloring with hints of gold at the base.

Such a delight, 'Blue Mouse Ears' sets exquisite soft blue-green leaves, gently curled, with the substantial texture you'd expect from much more mature specimens. A tightly mounded miniature, it keeps its distinctive color throughout the summer heat, looking as attractive in containers as it does in the shade border. No wonder it was named the 2008 Hosta of the Year!

Leathery and heart-shaped, these small leaves discourage nibbling pests. They are infused with a rich aquamarine shade of blue-green that remains even in hot, sunny summer weather. Neat yet very dense, the foliage is topped in midsummer by lavender blooms held on short scapes in good proportion to the leaves below. A stunning presence, reaching just 6 inches high and 12 inches wide, 'Blue Mouse Ears' is very highly sought for its size, color, foliage texture, and staying power!

A sport of H. 'Blue Cadet', 'Blue Mouse Ears' sets new foliage all season, often with a hint of gold at the base of the leaf. Use this compact plant in containers of all sorts, as edging, in the front of the shade border, and as an accent among green- and yellow-leafed plants. It tolerates partial to full shade, and prefers to avoid direct sun. Zones 3-8.

Genus Hosta
Variety 'Blue Mouse Ears'
ItemForm 1-Quart
Zone 3 - 8
BloomStartToEnd Mid Summer
Habit Dwarf
PlantHeight 6 in
PlantWidth 12 in
AdditionalCharacteristics Award Winner, Easy Care Plants
FoliageColor Blue Green
LightRequirements Part Shade, Shade
MoistureRequirements Moist,  well-drained
Resistance Cold Hardy
SoilTolerance Clay, Normal,  loamy
Uses Border, Containers, Foliage Interest, Ground Cover
Restrictions Canada, Guam, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands
Hosta
Shade Lily, Plantain Lily

Planting:

Set plants 15 to 30 inches apart, depending on the ultimate size of the cultivar or species. (Set very dwarf kinds 9 to 12 inches apart.) Hostas are among the best of plants for shaded situations, but some also succeed in full sun, as they become larger and more mature. The hotter the summers, the more shade will be necessary to prevent scorching the foliage. A high shade canopy providing dappled light is ideal.

Those with blue foliage are outstanding in the shade, while the yellow/gold types will effectively light up dark areas, but prosper, too, in considerable sun. Individual cultivars of green-gold or variegated patterns vary appreciably in the amount of sun they can tolerate. While widely tolerant of soils, hostas do best in a well-drained soil that still affords ample moisture – the sunnier the location, the moister the soil should be. Incorporate generous amounts of humus in the soil, particularly those on the limy or alkaline side.


Maintenance:

A winter mulch is extremely important the first winter, to prevent heaving of unestablished plants as a result of alternating freezes and thaws. Once established, hostas can be left undisturbed for many years, but as landscaping needs dictate, can be moved at almost any time during the year, except midsummer.


Zones:

Zones 3-9

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