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Blue Mouse Ears Hosta
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Eek! Cuteness overload! This darling Mini Hosta is irresistible. Blue Mouse Ears is composed of perfect, tiny, round leaves in a soothing blue-green color. The foliage, slightly cupped (like mouse ears), is thick and durable—not as delicate as it looks, actually. Petite lavender flowers appear in summer, to the delight of resident hummingbirds. Pop this precious Spirit into a container for your patio, use it to edge a woodland path, or add it to a shady rock garden. It’s also effective as a groundcover, growing quickly to fill in blank spaces with tidy blue cuteness.
Blue Mouse Ears was discovered by the late Emile Deckert, a plantsman from France who had quite a story of his own. During World War II, when he was 17, Deckert was captured by the Nazis and forced to work in a German aircraft factory. He sabotaged the aircraft engines when he could. He was finally able to escape after four years. He later emigrated to the U.S., settling in Maryland. He found Blue Mouse Ears as a chance mutation in a batch of Blue Cadet Hostas in 2000. In 2008, the American Hosta Growers Association gave Blue Mouse Ears their prestigious “Hosta of the Year” award.
Hostas are simple to grow, but one challenge Hosta growers do face is slugs. Slugs love these succulent Spirits. Because Blue Mouse Ears Hosta has such thick, waxy foliage, however, it is largely slug-proof! They tend to shun it and go elsewhere in search of easier meals.
How to Grow
Hostas love shade, and Blue Mouse Ears is no exception. A bit of gentle morning sun, however, will help to bring out the bluest tones. Water regularly. This Hosta does possess some drought tolerance when established, but it will appear lushest with plenty of H2O. Avoid overhead irrigation if possible, which washes off the blue coating. Plants will become blue-green in rainy climates. In deer-prone areas, treat with Plantskydd® to prevent grazing. Foliage will die back with the first frosts and can be cut back then. If you wish to dig and divide Blue Mouse Ears, you can do it at any time, but late winter/early spring is best.
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