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Native alternative(s) for Hosta 'Blue Mouse Ears':
Astilbe biternata Flowers
Dicentra Dicentra spp.
Heuchera Heuchera cultivars
Plants that fill a similar niche:
Salvia leucantha Salvia leucantha in the fall in Moore County
Halesia carolina Full Form
Hosta Hosta spp.
Hosta 'Blue Mouse Ears' has some common insect problems:
Slugs and Snails Found on Flowers and Foliage
Hosta 'Blue Mouse Ears' has some common disease problems:
Phytophthora Blight and Root Rot on Annuals and Herbaceous Perennials

Hosta 'Blue Mouse Ears'

Previously known as:

  • Funkia
Description

Hosta 'Blue Mouse Ears' is herbaceous perennial and a miniature cultivar of the genus Hosta. The plant forms a symmetrical, ornamental, mound of foliage composed of blue green to gray green leaves uniquely heart shaped and curled to resemble mouse ears. 'Blue Mouse Ears' typically blooms in mid summer and has lavender flowers. Like most Hosta, the plant prefers shade and requires very little maintenance. It is best propagated by division, which may be done in the spring or fall. The plant grows easily in evenly moist, organic, well-drained soils in part shade to full shade (with some morning sun or sun dappled conditions). Established plants tolerate dry shade (particularly plants with thick leaves), but soils should never be allowed to dry out. Apply water directly to the soil beneath the leaves. Hostas can be left undivided for many years and should not be divided any more frequently than once every 3 to 5 years to allow the leaves to reach maturity. The plant needs to be protected from the wind to prevent damage to its leaves.

'Blue Mouse Ears' was named Hosta of the Year in 2008 by the American Hosta Growers Association. The genus, Hosta, is native to Japan, Korea, China, and eastern Russia. In their native habitat, they are typically found in woodlands and glades. The genus was named for the botanist Nicholas Thomas Host in 1812. In 1817, the genus was renamed Funkia in honor of another botanist, Heinrich Christian Funk. Its original name was reinstated in 1915. Funkia is still a popular common name as well as Plantain Lily. Hosta 'Blue Mouse Ears' would be a great addition to a shade garden, oriental garden, or shaded border. Its uniquely colored foliage, heart shaped leaves, and miniature size add variety to any shade garden. For practical reasons, they could easily serve as coverage for dying bulb foliage.

Disease, Pests, and Other Plant Problems:

Be sure to monitor for snails, slugs, and nematodes among the leaves. Deer also enjoy the foliage.  Leaf spot and crown rot rarely occur. Plants may become infected with the Hosta Virus X, tobacco rattle virus, or tomato ring spot virus. If any of these are detected, the plant should be removed and destroyed. Voles may destroy the plant by eating the roots. Hail storms may damage exposed leaves.

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Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Blue Mouse Ears'
    Leaf curled to resemble mouse ears.
'Blue Mouse Ears'
Tags:
#hummingbirds#shade garden#low maintenance#deer browsing plant#herbaceous perennial
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Blue Mouse Ears'
    Leaf curled to resemble mouse ears.
'Blue Mouse Ears'
Tags:
#hummingbirds#shade garden#low maintenance#deer browsing plant#herbaceous perennial
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Hosta
    Family:
    Asparagaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Division
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Japan, Korea, China, eastern Russia
    Distribution:
    Appropriate hardiness zones throughout the United States
    Wildlife Value:
    Hummingbirds attracted to flowers for nectar.
    Particularly Resistant To (Insects/Diseases/Other Problems):
    heavy shade, black walnut
    Edibility:
    Hosta can be toxic for cats, dogs, and horses.
    Dimensions:
    Height: 0 ft. 6 in. - 1 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 0 ft. 9 in. - 1 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Herbaceous Perennial
    Habit/Form:
    Dense
    Mounding
    Growth Rate:
    Medium
    Maintenance:
    Low
    Texture:
    Medium
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Deep shade (Less than 2 hours to no direct sunlight)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    Clay
    Loam (Silt)
    Soil pH:
    Acid (<6.0)
    Neutral (6.0-8.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Moist
    Available Space To Plant:
    Less than 12 inches
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    3a, 3b, 4b, 4a, 5b, 5a, 6b, 6a, 7a, 7b, 8b, 8a
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Description:
    The fruit is not of any ornamental significance.
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Purple/Lavender
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Raceme
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Summer
    Flower Shape:
    Bell
    Flower Petals:
    Tepals
    Flower Size:
    < 1 inch
    Flower Description:
    Lavender, one-sided, flowers bloom on leafless, bracted scapes which rise above the mound of foliage. The flowers bloom in midsummer and are lily-like, typically pendulous, each measuring 0.78 inches long, and have 6 tepals. The flower does not have a fragrance.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Color:
    Blue
    Gray/Silver
    Green
    Leaf Feel:
    Soft
    Leaf Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Deciduous Leaf Fall Color:
    Gray/Silver
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Shape:
    Cordate
    Leaf Margin:
    Entire
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    1-3 inches
    Leaf Width:
    1-3 inches
    Leaf Description:
    Heart-shaped, curled, blue-green or grey-green leaves forming a mound. Leaves are 2 inches long and 2 1/2 inches wide. The base of the leaf is cordate, but the very tip of the leaf is pointed. The 'Blue Mouse Ears' leaves curl to resemble a mouse's ear.
  • Stem:
    Stem Color:
    Green
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Form:
    Straight
    Stem Surface:
    Smooth (glabrous)
    Stem Description:
    The leafless, pale green bracted scapes measure 8 to 12 inches tall and support the flowers. The scapes rise up from the crown or rootstock to well above the dense mound of foliage. The stems should be cut after blooming to encourage the plants growth.
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Container
    Patio
    Small Space
    Woodland
    Landscape Theme:
    Asian Garden
    Cottage Garden
    Pollinator Garden
    Shade Garden
    Design Feature:
    Border
    Mass Planting
    Small groups
    Attracts:
    Hummingbirds
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Black Walnut
    Heavy Shade
    Problems:
    Problem for Dogs
    Problem for Horses