Hosta 'Blue Ice'


Family: Liliaceae (lil-ee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Hosta (HOSS-tuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Blue Ice
Hybridized by Benedict
Registered or introduced: 1987
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Plant Size (check one):

Small (leaf 6.0-25 square inches; plant 6-10 tall)


15-18 in. (38-45 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)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

Sun Exposure:

Partial to Full Shade

Full Shade

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

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:

Medium Blue-Green

Color of Leaf Margin:

No margin

Number of Vein Pairs:

Fewer than 9

Appearance of Margin:

Flat/Nearly Flat

Margin Width:

No margin

Bloom Time:


Flower Shape:


Flower Fragrance:

No fragrance

Does it set seed?:

Yes; seed is viable

Bloom Color:

Near White

Pale Lavender

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


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

Paradise, California

Caseyville, Illinois

Pittsboro, North Carolina

Glouster, Ohio

Christiana, Tennessee

Spokane, Washington

Burlington, Wisconsin

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jun 23, 2011, ogon from Paradise, CA (Zone 9a) wrote:

This is my second favorite mini hosta after "Blue Mouse Ears." It forms a very pretty, tight mound and the leaves are a beautiful shade of blue. It is definitely more blue that BME, but the leaves are also much larger, and the miniature stature is what I love about BME. This hosta is very slug resistant, and can take some heat and sunlight better than some of my other varieties.


On Aug 28, 2004, Shadyfolks from Chesterland, OH (Zone 5b) wrote:

This is my 2nd favorite blue hosta after Halcyon. It is very blue. It gets morning sun and then just bright light the rest of the day. It has been a good grower for me. A tight compact small mound. When it flowers, some are just above the leaf and some are below the leaf.


On Jul 6, 2004, smiln32 from Oklahoma City, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

Very slow grower for me. Deer resistant, though, which is amazing considering how much the rotten animals eat of my other hostas closeby.


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

Flower scapes 8"-10".