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PlantFiles: Hosta
Hosta 'Blue Ice'

Family: Liliaceae (lil-ee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Hosta (HOSS-tuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Blue Ice
Hybridized by H. Benedict; Year of Registration or Introduction: 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:
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:
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

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2 positives
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive ogon 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.

Positive Shadyfolks 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.

Neutral smiln32 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.

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

Flower scapes 8"-10".


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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