Hosta ‘Blue Mouse Ears’
American Hosta Society Awards:
2006 Benedict Garden Performance Medal Honorable Mention
2008 Benedict Garden Performance Award of Merit
2011 Benedict Performance Medal Winner!
2008 American Hosta Growers Ass. Hosta of the Year
Royal Horticultural Society Award of Garden Merit
I bought my Hosta ‘Blue Mouse Ears’ from Lowe’s on April 23, 2017. This Hosta has been on my wishlist for a long time and I was glad I found one locally. This is the first miniature Hosta I have grown and hopefully the first of many.
I always take a lot of photos during the summer, sometimes only a few days apart. Please pardon the untidiness of the bed. There is always plenty to do on the farm and in the garden during the summer and sometimes the beds get a little neglected. Anyone who is a gardener knows how fast grass and weeds can come up and grow. I put the new Hosta and Heucheras in a new bed I made which was amended with “The Good Stuff”. That is decomposed cow manure and hay from where hay was fed a year or so ago. A lot of grass and weed seeds always come along.
The leaves are a blue-green color and very thick. Descriptions online say the leaves kind of curl up making them resemble mouse ears.
Hosta ‘Blue Mouse Ears’ is a sport of the AWESOME Hosta ‘Blue Cadet’. It was found and introduced by Emile and Jane Dechert in 2000.
This cultivar is a multiple award winner and rightly so. Although this is our first year together, it has already made a big impression on me.
Family: Asparagaceae (formerly in Liliaceae)
Origin: Introduced by Emile & Jane Deckert in 2000
Zones: USDA Zones 3a-8b (-40 to 15° F)
Size: 6-8” tall x 12” wide
Spacing: 12” apart
Flowers: Lavender flowers in July through August on 12” stems
Leaves: Small, roundish, dark green leaves
Light: Light to full shade
Soil: Prefers moist, well-drained soil
Water: Average water needs once established
Propagation: Division every 3-5 years.
Uses: Attracts hummingbirds, shade garden, containers, etc.
Tolerates: Dry shade and high humidity
Resistant: Slugs and snails
While the other new Hosta I added this year were in their “getting used to stage”, ‘Blue Mouse Ears’ almost looked like it had been here for several years.
Nice small, rounded, thick, blue-green leaves. I would say “cute” but I am not sure that is a word men are supposed to use to describe anything but babies.
Even as the temperatures started getting cooler and daylength was decreasing, Hosta ‘Blue Mouse Ears’ still looked very good. The others were beginning to turn yellow and brown.
I always poke around in the Hosta beds as spring tries to approach. I guess I am always a bit anxious to see signs of life. Not all the Hosta were peeking through yet, but the Hosta ‘Blue Mouse Ears’ was beginning to emerge.
After another month it was getting a good start.
Lingering cold temps kind of slowed down the process somewhat, but eventually…
We have LEAVES!
With cool evening temps, we were still a little slow…
I measured the Hosta clumps on June 20 and Hosta ‘Blue Mouse Ears’ measured only 5″ tall x 9″ wide. Well, it is supposed to be small. 🙂
Even the flower stems are very short, measuring only 6 1/2″ tall.
Its largest leaf measured 1 1/2″ wide x 2 1/2″ long.
This was the last photo I took of the Hosta ‘Blue Mouse Ears’ in 2017. We had a bit of an issue with the shade because of the Japanese Beetle invasion. Two of the trees above one of the shade beds are Chinese Elms and the beetles love their leaves. It created quite a mess, but I suppose it did add a layer of mulch. But the “mostly” shady area became light shade. The Hosta ‘Blue Mouse Ears’ did fine with the extra light but they all needed to be watered more often.
Hopefully, this Hosta will survive the winter and return in the spring. Then I can add more photos.
If you have any comments, questions or suggestions, I would like to hear from you. Please click on the “Like” below if you have visited this page. Click here for my page about the Hosta genus, growing information and sources. The links below are specifically for this cultivar. There are several good sources of Hosta somewhere toward the bottom on the right side of the page.