Blue Mouse Ears Hosta (Hosta ‘Blue Mouse Ears’)
Blue Mouse Ears Hosta
Hostas are always welcomed additions to the home, but few exhibit the charm and coloring of Blue Mouse Ears Hosta (Hosta ‘Blue Mouse Ears’). This dwarf variety features thick, leathery leaves with the slightest, adorable curl. The petite leaves call to mind cute, little mouse ears (thus the name).
Blue mouse Ears’ foliage is an endearing shade of blue-green that attracts the eye throughout the season and this petite Hosta even provides the added benefit of mid-summer flowers. Your Blue Mouse Ears Hosta is a herbaceous perennial that will grow in a tidy compact habit with densely growing clumps.
Dainty bells of lavender decorate the stems that rise up to one foot above the foliage in July, a visual treat as well as a welcome boon for Pollinators. If you’re lucky, you might even see a curious Hummingbird checking out the scene. Don’t mistake its small size for vulnerability though as this little gem has a hardy, easy-care nature. Cold and heat-tolerant throughout USDA growing zones 3 to 8 and forms a 6-8 inch tall mound that’s about 12 inches wide.
Plant the low-growing little Blue Mouse Ears in your Rock Garden or scatter a few amid the nooks and crannies in your landscape that could still use a decorative touch! Or add them as an accent in your flower beds under the canopy of your backyard shade trees. Cottage gardens, shady Perennial borders gain cute little leaves, and of course, Mouse Ears look fantastic as a member of your very own Hosta garden!
Use these darling little foliage plants throughout shade gardens and beneath the shade of shrubs as facer plants and adorable skirting! Plant in large planters and containers beneath covered seating areas, porches, and balconies to keep Mouse Ears close by! Darling edging along the garden and pathway edges as pretty finishing touches!
These Hosta are low-care and highly adaptive to a variety of soils and does best in full to part shade and full shade in hotter climates since too much sun will burn the leaves. These perennials grow best in moist, well-drained, highly organic soils with a pH between 5.5 and 7.5. Sandy loam is better than clay because it provides more aeration for the roots. Keep areas around Hostas clear of excess leaf debris to reduce the presence of slugs and snails. They do best with a 3-4 inch thick layer of mulch chips to help hold in moisture. Deadhead as soon as the blooms fade, and prune back the foliage once it dies back in the fall. They appreciate being divided every 3-5 years.
It’s easy to see why Blue Mouse Ears Hosta once won “Hosta of the Year”. It simply doesn’t get more loveable than a Hosta that reminds people of mouse ears! Terrific color, a size that fits almost anywhere and an adaptive nature make this a must-have.
|Common name||Blue Mouse Ears Hosta|
|Botanical name||Hosta 'Blue Mouse Ears'|
|Height||6 - 8 inches|
|Sunlight||Full Shade, Partial Shade|
|Soil condition||Well Drained|
|Pruning time||Late Autumn|