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  • Adorable miniature hosta
  • Thick (almost rubbery), round, blue-green to grey-green leaves
  • Forms a perfectly symmetrical mound; moderate growth rate
  • Flower buds are held horizontally and swell like balloons before opening
  • Clusters of lavender, bell-shaped flowers are produced on proportionally short 12" scapes in midsummer
  • Perfect for the collector, rock gardens, and containers
  • Prefers light to full shade

Hostas are exceedingly popular perennials in today's gardens due to their versatility in the landscape. Their subtle colors, tall flower scapes, and broad, coarse leaves fill a niche in garden designs that few other plants can achieve. Their large leaves provide excellent coverage for dying bulb foliage. Hostas also grow well in city environments where the air may be polluted by car exhaust, etc.

 

Hostas 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. High-filtered or dappled sunlight is necessary for clean, healthy growth. Morning sun is tolerable and will help to intensify the leaf colors, but hot afternoon sun is usually deadly to hostas. They are most at home in shady, woodland settings and often work well as specimen or edging plants.

Hostas are very easy to propagate through division. This can be done at any time during the growing season with little or no affect on the growth of the parent plant. Since each division should have at least 3 eyes, plants should be allowed to mature for several years before being divided.

Especially in northern zones, hostas should be mulched with a layer of finely shredded organic material to prevent heaving in the winter. Mulch is beneficial because it retains moisture around the plant's roots, but it is also the ideal place for slugs to hide. Watch for holes in the center of the leaves. If they are present, so are slugs. Applying a slug bait in early spring when new shoots are beginning to emerge will help to reduce the slug population. After a few years when plants are firmly established, the mulch can be removed completely, which should eliminate the slug problem altogether. Also be sure to clean all hosta foliage out of the garden in early winter after the plants have gone dormant. By doing so, you will be ridding the area of the eggs of slugs and other leaf-eating insects.

Hosta 'Blue Mouse Ears'

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$5.95Price
  • Common Name Hosta
    Plant Type Perennial
    Zone 3-9

    Height

    Scape Height

    8"

    12"

    Spread 12"
    Growth Habit Upright, Mounding
    Growth Rate Rapid
    Bloom Time Midsummer
    Light
    Requirements

    Part Shade (4-6 hrs. Direct Sun)

    Full Shade (<4 hrs. Direct Sun)

    Water Needs

    Average Water Needs

    Consistent Water Needs

    Soil Type

    Average Soil Quality

    Fertile Soil Quality

    Animal
    Resistance
    Deer,
    Rabbit
    Tolerance Drought, Salt
    Uses

    Borders

    Containers 

     Cut Flower

     Dried Flower

     Mass Planting

    Origin Not Native to North America
    Attracts Wings: 

    Attracts Hummingbirds        

    Bee Friendly

    Hostas also serve as a

    haven for a range of

    beneficial insects,

    such as ladybugs and

    lacewing                                               

     

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