Blue Mouse ear hosta
Hosta x 'Blue Mouse Ears'
Hey, hey, hey! It's me, Kirsten, again. We just can't seem to escape the rain lately. We've needed it though, near drought conditions (before these recent spouts of rain) were really taking their toll on the trees in addition to the harsh winter.
Are you ready for this week's "... of the week?" I'm excited, you are in store for a real treat!
During this week's segment of "...of the week," I'll be sharing about one of my favorite perennials- the Blue Mouse Ear Hosta. Growing up, I'd never understood why my mom loved her hosta plants so much. Maybe its an acquired love for the plant (or maybe because the name of the plant reminds me of the story 'The Tale of Desperaux'- great read, highly recommend it).
The Blue Mouse Ear's beautiful foliage forms a symmetrical mound of heart-shaped leaves that curl slightly on the edges, much like a mouse's ear, hence the common name. During bloom, lavender flowers stand tall above the clumps. The blue-gray foliage clumps can reach dimensions up to 6-7 inches tall by 12 inches wide.
Hostas are know to be quite the hardy plant, but ideally grow best in areas with full shade or filtered sun. They prefer slightly acidic, well-drained soils. Like most Hostas, they should be watered regularly, more often in extreme heat or when kept in containers. In addition, the thick foliage makes itself resistant to damage from slugs. Typically grown in zones 3-8 (most of MN is Zone 4), they can withstand various soil types, frigid winters, and even the occasional munch from a goat. Yes, this happens at our house all too often...
The herbaceous perennial was named "2008 Hosta of the Year" by In The Country catalog after catching Hosta growers by storm.Originally a mutation from a group of Blue Cadet Hostas, Blue Mouse Ears was almost discarded in 1987. The owner of the nursery chose not to throw it away, but rather give it to his friends, Emile and Jane Deckert, who began growing the mutation in their garden for the next 12 years. Emile and Jane were not Hosta fanatics, but after it's bloom several years later- it caught Emile's eye for its curved leaves.
Bring Blue Mouse Ears home next Saturday between 8:00 and 3:00 p.m. to add to your garden. It's companion plants include several varieties of Coral Bells, Astilbe, Mukdenia, and Bleeding Heart.
"No need to convince me, Kirsten, Blue Mouse Ears are just what I need to add to border the side of my house." Yes. Yes, they are. :)