Hosta ‘Blue Mouse Ears’

plantain lilly, blue plantain lilly


Hosta ‘Blue Mouse Ears’ is an unfeasibly cute dwarf hosta with the most charming habit.

Overlapping piles of compact, almost round dished glaucous blue foliage form a perfectly symmetrical low mound that is topped by an equally compact flower spike.

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Origin: Japan, cultivar of horticultural origin
Genus: Hosta
Species / Cultivar: var. 'Blue Mouse Ears'
Common Name: plantain lilly, blue plantain lilly

Plant Biography

This dwarf variety of Hosta originates, as its bigger brothers in Japan, however the “Blue Mouse Ears” cultivar was recently added to commercial cultivation. ‘Blue Mouse Ears’ was named Hosta of the Year in 2008 by the American Hosta Growers Association.

In their native habitat, hostas are typically found in woodlands and glades. Therefore, the ‘Blue Mouse Ears’ Hosta can be used as a ground cover or even grown in a container.

Hosta 'Blue Mouse Ears'
Soil: Moist but Well Drained
Soil that allows water to drain at a moderate rate, without the water pooling.
Growth Rate: Fast
Expect to see prolific growth, especially during growing season.
Water Requirement: Medium
Once it is established, this plant is likely to only require watering during drier periods.
Maintenance: Low
Minimal skill or input needed beyond the basics, a very independent plant.
Situation: Part Shade to Full Shade
Can enjoy several hours of direct sunlight, but also happy in full shade.
Eventual Height: 0.1 - 0.5m
The plant's ultimate height in typical growing conditions.
Eventual Spread: 0.1 - 0.5m
The plant's ultimate spread in typical growing conditions.
Habit: Deciduous
Sheds all its foliage annually, so for a period of the year it will be without foliage.
Lifecycle: Perennial
This plant is persistant and does not die off after flowering. It will return each season indefinitely, if provided with suitable growing conditions.
Care Size and Guidance

Care Size and Guidance

Hostas can be used to underplant trees or shrubs, as they prefer a bit of shade throughout the day. They will happily grow both in loamy soil as well as clay where most of the plants would struggle.

It prefers a deeper shade than other hostas, full shade won’t mind it.

Propagation of the clumps can be achieved through division in early spring or late summer. Divide the clump in multiple parts so that each fragment will have 2-4 growth buds. A mature clump can be divided after 4-5 years.

Expert Tip

Most Hostas are a magnet to slugs. There are several solutions out there that would make your garden less appetizing for the slugs. Look for a systemic deterrent that will be absorbed by the plant, rather than using chemical pellets or physical barriers that might endanger other species.