Hardiness: 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: Partial to Full Shade Full Shade
Other details: Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Patent Information: Non-patented
Seed Collecting: Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds
Growing Habit: Mound-like
Growth Rate: Fast
Leaf Shape: Heart-shaped
Leaf Appearance: Corrugated
Degree to which the appearance is present: Lightly
On Mar 24, 2012, Broadview_Hosta from Seattle, WA (Zone 7b) wrote:
Seattle WA -- I have grown Blue Cadet in 1 or 2gal containers for a number of years -- they are spectacular grouped together on my back patio. 2010-2011 Winter was especially cold for Seattle, but these hosta survived with no damage at all -- in the containers too.
These Blue Cadets are slug resistant ... but best to put down slug bait when crowns are budding and leaves just emerge. After leaves are at full size for the season, no further slug bait is needed.
On Jul 10, 2007, Jennie_in_MT from Lothair, MT (Zone 4a) wrote:
This little soldier of a hosta is a cutie. Give him a little time, though, as he has not been a fast grower, at least for me. He has multiplied at a steady rate, but not taken off like a shot as many of the smaller hosta do.
On May 26, 2006, ifonly from Brookfield, CT wrote:
This is a terrific blue hosta. It forms a tight mound of heart-shaped leaves, retains its blue color in my CT garden, and blooms its head off. Scapes are not too tall, and simply covered in blooms. Love the picture of Blue Cadet next to what looks to me like Francis Williams - I sense a move coming.
On Jun 10, 2005, darylmitchell from Saskatoon, SK (Zone 3a) wrote:
Blue Cadet is a very nice small hosta. Mine is in constant shade of a northern exposure and still performs well. It forms a mound of blue-green foliage 12-18 inches wide. The lavender flowers emerge in mid-summer. It prefers moist soil.
Multiplies very quickly, blue retained all summer (in med shade at least), nice understory hosta for larger hostas, usually available cheap in bare-root boxes of 3-6 at discount retail outlets. Tough as nails. Just not the most interesting hosta.
On Sep 1, 2002, jody from MD &, VA (Zone 7b) wrote:
Flower scapes 14"-21". P. Aden 1974.
This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:
Montgomery, Alabama Brookfield, Connecticut Oxford, Connecticut Dacula, Georgia Marietta, Georgia Machesney Park, Illinois Nilwood, Illinois Peoria, Illinois Washington, Illinois Woodridge, Illinois Fairway, Kansas Topeka, Kansas Parkway Village, Kentucky Needham, Massachusetts Royal Oak, Michigan Traverse City, Michigan Lake City, Minnesota Kansas City, Missouri Lothair, Montana Oakland, New Jersey Pittsford, New York Salt Point, New York Fearrington, North Carolina Belfield, North Dakota Coshocton, Ohio Fruit Hill, Ohio Glouster, Ohio Portland, Oregon Churchill, Pennsylvania Coopersburg, Pennsylvania Columbia, South Carolina North Augusta, South Carolina Garland, Texas Broadway, Virginia Leesburg, Virginia Lexington, Virginia Linden, Virginia Shoreline, Washington Grantsburg, Wisconsin Lake Lac La Belle, Wisconsin New Richmond, Wisconsin Prairie Du Sac, Wisconsin