Blue Mouse Ears Hosta
A Miniature Hosta that’s Sure to Charm You
If you add only one new hosta to your garden this year, Blue Mouse Ears (Hosta ‘Blue Mouse Ears’) is the one. This award-winning plant – the 2008 Hosta of the Year – looks exactly like the mental image its name conjures. Miniature plants sport leaves that are daintily cupped upward, giving the appearance of inquisitive mouse ears!
Unusual Foliage plus Colorful Flowers in a Tidy Package
1. Striking foliage. Hostas are prized as foliage plants, and Blue Mouse Ears Hosta doesn’t disappoint. Striking blue-green leaves are perfectly rounded with upward-turned edges. The leaves are arranged around a crown to form a dense, rounded mound of foliage.
2. Colorful flowers. Lavender-purple bell-shaped flowers form along stems that rise above the foliage.
3. Attracts hummingbirds. The trumpet-shaped flowers are so irresistible to hummingbirds that the tiny creatures flit from flower to flower, even though Blue Mouse Ears Hosta hugs the ground!
A Shady Character with Eye Appeal
Blue Mouse Ears Hosta is a miniature gem of a plant that excels in the shade garden. It’s a real standout in a rock garden, and it’s a nice addition to your woodland garden as a complement to other shade-tolerant plants. Along shady sidewalks or garden paths, Blue Mouse Ears Hosta makes a tidy edging plant. And you can showcase Blue Mouse Ears Hosta as a container plant, where its diminutive size can be observed up close.
Planting and After-Care
Hostas are easy-care perennials that are cold-hardy to USDA plant hardiness zone 3.
• Planting. Place Blue Mouse Ears Hosta so its crown is at – or slightly above – the soil surface. Planting hostas too deeply may cause the crowns to rot.
• Sun. Blue Mouse Ears Hosta is tolerant of some sun, but not too much. A little morning sun, followed by afternoon shade, is ideal. Optionally, filtered sunlight through overhead trees during most of the day is okay if plants are protected from direct sun, particularly in the afternoon.
• Soil. Rich, organically amended soil is best, but the soil must be well-draining so plants do not sit in waterlogged spots.
• Water. Keep plants watered to get the root systems off to a good start. Established plants prosper in evenly moist soil but they also tolerate periods of dry shade.
• Fertilizer. Fertilize once in spring with an all-purpose slow-release fertilizer when the leaves emerge. These plants are small, so don’t apply too much fertilizer or you can burn plants. Heed label recommendations.
• Pruning. After the flowers fade in summer, you can remove the flower stalks to keep plants looking tidy. And then after the plant dies to the ground in fall, remove the dead foliage by gently raking so you don’t damage the crowns.