What Is A Mouse-Ear Hosta – How To Grow Mouse-Ear Hosta Plants


By: Mary Ellen Ellis

Hostas are popular with many gardeners because they are easy to grow and maintain. They are perennials, coming back year after year, and they tolerate shade. Hostas tend to grow large, but if your space is limited, growing the adorably mouse-ear hosta may be for you. If you want to know how to grow mouse-ear hosta, here’s what you need to know.

What is a Mouse-Ear Hosta?

Miniature hostas are just what they sound like: miniature versions of the hosta plants you know and love. Blue mouse-ear hosta is one variety of this cute little perennial that is easy to grow and care for in a variety of settings.

At a maximum, these little plants grow to a height of eight inches (20 cm.) and a spread of 12 inches (30 cm.). The leaves are thick, blue-green, rubbery, and curl inward a little bit, like a mouse’s ear.

Mouse-Ear Hosta Information and Care

The blue mouse-ear hosta grows into a compact little mound with near-perfect symmetry, so it is a beautiful addition to gardens, especially small spaces. It will produce showy, pale purple, bell-shaped flowers on stalks in midsummer.

Mouse-ear hosta care is as easy as the care of regular-sized hostas. They prefer part to full shade and soil that drains well. Unlike the larger varieties, these little hostas don’t tolerate heavy or clay soil very well. If you plan to place your mouse-ear hosta in the ground, you can amend the soil by mixing in pea gravel. Mulch is also important for miniature hosta plants. Because they are small, even a mild rain can splash up dirt and mud and leave the foliage looking messy.

Growing mouse-ear hosta is versatile as well as easy. These more compact plants are great for containers, but they can also be placed anywhere in the garden that a normal-sized hosta would go. Because of the small size and compact arrangement of foliage, mouse-ear hosta also makes a great groundcover for those shady areas where grass doesn’t grow well.

They look nice in rock gardens and around water features. The possibilities for mouse-ear hosta are nearly endless, and they make great additions to nearly every type of garden.

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Hosta 'Blue Mouse Ears'

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Mouse-Ear Hosta Information: Learn About Mouse-Ear Hosta Care - garden

Hosta Blue Mouse Ears

Plant Hostas in soil that has been amended with organic matter, in shade to part shade.

Designated the 2008 Hosta Of The Year by the American Hosta Growers Association.

With the increasing number of hosta cultivars being introduced each year it is increasingly difficult for nursery owners and gardeners to choose just the right hostas for their sales areas and gardens. To this end the American Hosta Growers Association established the AHGA Hosta of the Year in 1996. It is selected by a vote of AHGA members.

Winner of the American Hosta Society Hosta Popularity Poll, an award given to the hosta that is voted the very favorite of the majority of the AHS members in an annual poll.


Blue Mouse Ears Hosta - 3 Inch Container

(Mature Size: 8"T x 19"W) American Hosta Growers Hosta of the Year 2008,

'Blue Mouse Ears' Hosta has such a cute name! That's because it's such a cute hosta - almost too cute to describe!

This is the perfect miniature/little hosta! Attractive leaves with a dependable growth habit.

Thick blue-gray leaves on this miniature hosta are almost perfectly round making it unique. Great for the rock garden or miniature garden.

Large clusters of lavender flowers are held in perfect proportion to the clump in mid-summer.

Why Should I Grow It? Quite possibly the most famous hosta of all time. Cute small mound of thick blue-green foliage.

Color: Blue-Gray

Size: 8 inches tall by 19 inches wide

Type: Slug Resistant Miniature Hosta

Product Size: 3 Inch Container


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