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PlantFiles: Hosta
Hosta 'Blue Angel'

Family: Liliaceae (lil-ee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Hosta (HOSS-tuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Blue Angel
Hybridized by P. Aden; Year of Registration or Introduction: 1986

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Plant Size (check one):
Large (leaf 81-144 square inches; plant 18-28 tall)

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 C (-40 F)
USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)
USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

Sun Exposure:
Light Shade
Partial to Full Shade
Full Shade

Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Patent Information:

Seed Collecting:
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

Growing Habit:

Growth Rate:

Leaf Shape:
Broadly Ovate

Leaf Appearance:

Degree to which the appearance is present:

Leaf Texture (top):
Glaucous Bloom

Leaf Texture (bottom):
Glaucous Bloom

Leaf Substance:
1 (Thick)

Leaf Color:
Dark Green
Intensely Blue-Green

Color of Leaf Margin:
No margin

Number of Vein Pairs:
16 to 18

Appearance of Margin:
Slightly Rippled

Margin Width:
No margin

Bloom Time:

Flower Shape:

Flower Fragrance:
No fragrance

Does it set seed?:
Yes; seed is viable

Bloom Color:
Pale Lavender

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11 positives
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Mr_Monopoly On Nov 14, 2013, Mr_Monopoly from North Olmsted, OH wrote:

I have 2 of these in my backyard bed. They are gorgeous when planted in front of an Alberta Spruce, the blue color of the leaves contrasting sharply against the dark green of the Spruce. Planning on getting some more once spring rolls around!

Positive lorrykohls On Jun 7, 2013, lorrykohls from Clermont, IA wrote:

I have several of these splendid true blue giants, they are a must have if you have the room and shade.

Positive Gardeningman On Apr 4, 2012, Gardeningman from Kingman, KS wrote:

I purchased four Blue Angel hosta starters from Hosta Liners last fall. All four have just returned this spring and are looking great. I am looking forward to when these hostas grow into the behemoths that they are eventually supposed to be. The leaves are not very blue (perhaps that will develop more as the plant ages) but are beautiful and deeply corrugated even at their small size right now. And...I haven't seen a single slug.

Positive gardeningfun On May 26, 2011, gardeningfun from Harpersfield, OH (Zone 5a) wrote:

One of my favorite hosta's. I love the flower the most! It is gorgeous. The leaves are a beautiful blue/green and they stay beautiful for a long time. It seems to have sprouted several babies around it, also. There are 3 near by and I didn't plant them. This grows great in heavy clay soil in zone 5b. We have severe winters here, also and it is unaffected by them.

Positive themikeman On Mar 20, 2011, themikeman from Concord, NC (Zone 7a) wrote:

Most Beautiful Hosta their is in my opinion. I had never seen one of these before until my friend Sheila Martin in Illinois sent me a pic of here huge 20 year old one and i was in Awe!! their are some newer versions of blue angel hosta but none are as beautiful as this original old fashioned one from the 1980's. In 2010 they released 'Blue Mouse ears' hosta which is the exact same plant as this original Blue Angel but the leaves are rounded and it only gets about 1/4 as big when fully grown which is great for smaller spaces...peace..mike.

Positive nwh On May 29, 2010, nwh from Chicago, IL wrote:

This is definitely my favorite blue hosta and it's one of the very best large hostas, too. It does grow fast, even in deep shade. Last year I planted some small (1/2 gal size) Blue Angels in a problem area under large trees and this year they are each about 24" spread and about 10" tall. I can divide them already. In this same area I had planted hosta "Halcyon" 5-6 years ago and it merely "survived"... it's a pretty blue, but not as big as the Blue Angels after just 1 year.

Positive sanannie On Dec 17, 2008, sanannie from White Lake, ON (Zone 4b) wrote:

Belongs in every hosta lover's garden if you have the space. Starts to green up in August here (4b Ontario). In October it's the most beautiful gold. A classic - deservedly so.

Positive Malus2006 On Feb 22, 2006, Malus2006 from Coon Rapids, MN (Zone 4a) wrote:

This is a fast growing plant, is attractive, and grows to huge size so give it plenty of space. I planted it in woodland shade and it thrives in it! It multiplies and by 2007 I had to divide it in two clumps - huge enough to cover two square feet in only a few years.

Positive smiln32 On Jan 2, 2005, smiln32 from Oklahoma City, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

Clumps are huge and deep blue, moderately wavy and corrugated. Leaves have thick substance. Flowers are very pale lavender - nearly white. Beautiful.

Positive Joan On Aug 18, 2004, Joan from Belfield, ND (Zone 4a) wrote:

Blue Angel is my absolute favorite of all hostas. The very large blue-green leaves are beautiful and get more so as the plant ages. Everyone that comes to my gardens comments on the Blue Angel more than any other plant.

Positive bryanvac On Apr 29, 2003, bryanvac from Minneapolis, MN wrote:

This is one of my favorite blue hostas. I love the huge leaves, it almost looks tropical.

Neutral jody On Sep 1, 2002, jody from MD &, VA (Zone 7b) wrote:

Flower scapes 36"-44". P. Aden 1986.

Neutral Greenwood On Aug 19, 2002, Greenwood from Bonifay, FL (Zone 8a) wrote:

A large mound of deep blue green foliage.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Montgomery, Alabama
Los Angeles, California
Paradise, California
Stockton, California
Oxford, Connecticut
Cordele, Georgia
Dacula, Georgia
Loganville, Georgia
Marietta, Georgia
Ashton, Illinois
Chicago, Illinois
Machesney Park, Illinois
Round Lake, Illinois
Washington, Illinois
Greenville, Indiana
Lafayette, Indiana
Marion, Indiana
Clermont, Iowa
Inwood, Iowa
Lisbon, Iowa
Sioux Center, Iowa
Kingman, Kansas
Wichita, Kansas
Ewing, Kentucky
Durham, Maine
Sumner, Maine
Adamstown, Maryland
Cascade, Maryland
Edgewater, Maryland
Gaithersburg, Maryland
Dracut, Massachusetts
Middleton, Massachusetts
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Dearborn Heights, Michigan
Fenton, Michigan
Royal Oak, Michigan
Traverse City, Michigan
Wyandotte, Michigan
Minneapolis, Minnesota (2 reports)
Jackson, Mississippi
Natchez, Mississippi
Moberly, Missouri
Saint Louis, Missouri
Havre, Montana
Lothair, Montana
Kearney, Nebraska
Hillsboro, New Hampshire
Sewell, New Jersey
Coram, New York
Schenectady, New York
Concord, North Carolina
Pittsboro, North Carolina
Raleigh, North Carolina
Wake Forest, North Carolina
Winston Salem, North Carolina
Belfield, North Dakota
Medora, North Dakota
Canton, Ohio
Cincinnati, Ohio (2 reports)
Delaware, Ohio
Geneva, Ohio
Glouster, Ohio
North Olmsted, Ohio
Springboro, Ohio
Sugar Grove, Ohio
Sand Springs, Oklahoma
Toronto, Ontario
Portland, Oregon
Coopersburg, Pennsylvania
Friedensburg, Pennsylvania
Greencastle, Pennsylvania
Norristown, Pennsylvania
Christiana, Tennessee
Memphis, Tennessee (2 reports)
Big Stone Gap, Virginia
Clarksville, Virginia
Leesburg, Virginia
Lexington, Virginia
Urbanna, Virginia
Federal Way, Washington
Kalama, Washington
Spokane, Washington
Newell, West Virginia
Ellsworth, Wisconsin
New Richmond, Wisconsin
Oostburg, Wisconsin
Prairie Du Sac, Wisconsin

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