Hosta 'Blue Angel'


Family: Liliaceae (lil-ee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Hosta (HOSS-tuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Blue Angel
Hybridized by Aden
Registered or introduced: 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:

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:

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

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 is said to grow outdoors 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

Burlington, Iowa

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

Towson, Maryland

Dracut, Massachusetts

Middleton, Massachusetts

Ann Arbor, Michigan

Dearborn Heights, Michigan

Fenton, Michigan

Royal Oak, Michigan(2 reports)

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(2 reports)

Coopersburg, Pennsylvania

Friedensburg, Pennsylvania

Greencastle, Pennsylvania

Norristown, Pennsylvania

Christiana, Tennessee

Memphis, Tennessee(2 reports)

San Antonio, Texas

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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Gardeners' Notes:


On Nov 14, 2013, Mr_Monopoly from North Olmsted, OH (Zone 6b) 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!


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.


On Apr 4, 2012, Gardeningman from Kingman, KS (Zone 6b) 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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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

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


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

A large mound of deep blue green foliage.