Hosta ‘Blue Mouse Ears’

blue dwarf hosta

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  • © Richie Steffen / Great Plant Picks

  • © Richie Steffen / Great Plant Picks

Outstanding Qualities

Hosta ‘Blue Mouse Ears’ is one of the best mini hostas for the garden. Its robust growth and compact habit creates charming, tight, sky blue mounds of round, mouse-ear-shaped foliage. Many of the dwarf hostas are not vigorous enough to hold up in the garden, but this tough little hosta thrives in garden settings and makes a perfect bun for container plantings. In mid-summer short stubby spikes of lavender flowers crown the tight foliar dome.

Quick Facts

Plant Type: compact perennial

Foliage Type: deciduous

Plant Height: 0 ft. 7 in. (0.18 meters)

Plant Width/Spread: 1 ft. 0 in. (0.30 meters)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 3 to 9

Flower Color: lavender

Sun/Light Exposure: light to open shade

Water Requirements: regular to occasional watering

Seasonal Interest: petite blue foliage in spring & summer, flowers in mid-summer

Wildlife Associations: bees, hummingbirds

Resistant to: slug, snail

Colors & Combos

Great Color Contrasts: chartreuse, cream, pink, silver, white

Great Color Partners: blue, bronze, burgundy, purple

Culture Notes
Hostas prefer a location in light to open shade. Sites with hot sun should be avoided. Plant it in a location with rich moist to well-drained soils. Most hostas will tolerate sandy sites as well as clay. During dry weather provide regular watering, especially in sandy soils. Flowers can be removed once the blooms have faded and the foliage can be cut to the ground in fall.
Geek Notes
A sport of Hosta 'Blue Cadet' originated by Emile & Jane Deckert, Nature's Reign nursery, Hampstead, Maryland. Registered with the American Hosta Society in 2000. Plants sold at the 2001 American Hosta Society convention auction, when it was first introduced, fetched $250! It became the American Hosta Grower's Association "2008 Hosta of the Year."