Hosta 'Blue Cadet'


Family: Liliaceae (lil-ee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Hosta (HOSS-tuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Blue Cadet
Hybridized by Shaw-Aden
Registered or introduced: 1974
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Plant Size (check one):

Medium (leaf 25-81 square inches; plant 10-18 tall)


24-36 in. (60-90 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:

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:


Leaf Appearance:


Degree to which the appearance is present:


Leaf Texture (top):

Glaucous Bloom

Leaf Texture (bottom):

Glaucous Bloom

Leaf Substance:

3 (Average)

Leaf Color:

Medium Blue-Green

Color of Leaf Margin:

Medium Blue-Green

Number of Vein Pairs:

Fewer than 9

9 to 11

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:

Medium Lavender

Pale Purple

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:

Montgomery, Alabama

Brookfield, Connecticut

Oxford, Connecticut

Dacula, Georgia

Marietta, Georgia

Machesney Park, Illinois

Nilwood, Illinois

Peoria, Illinois

Woodridge, Illinois

Shawnee Mission, Kansas

Topeka, Kansas

Louisville, Kentucky

Needham, Massachusetts

Royal Oak, Michigan

Traverse City, Michigan

Lake City, Minnesota

New Ulm, Minnesota

Kansas City, Missouri

Lothair, Montana

Oakland, New Jersey

Pittsford, New York

Salt Point, New York

Pittsboro, North Carolina

Belfield, North Dakota

Cincinnati, Ohio

Coshocton, Ohio

Glouster, Ohio

Portland, Oregon

Coopersburg, Pennsylvania

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania

Columbia, South Carolina

North Augusta, South Carolina

Garland, Texas

Broadway, Virginia

Leesburg, Virginia

Lexington, Virginia

Linden, Virginia

Shoreline, Washington

Birchwood, Wisconsin

Grantsburg, Wisconsin

New Richmond, Wisconsin

Oconomowoc, Wisconsin

Prairie Du Sac, Wisconsin

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Sep 19, 2014, anelson from Birchwood, WI (Zone 3b) wrote:

This hosta is a very good grower - providing plants to divide. It is an attractive neat more-green-than-blue plant, and has nice deep lavender blooms.


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 Jun 10, 2010, John_in_Garland from Garland, TX wrote:

Grows slowly and takes N. Texas heat in the shade.


On Aug 22, 2008, Gabrielle from (Zone 5a) wrote:

A nice, compact, blue hosta. Blooms June-July in my garden.


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.


On Apr 16, 2004, smiln32 from Oklahoma City, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

This little hosta grows very quickly and isn't picky about where it's put in the shade garden. It makes a thick mound in a season (two at the most) and is also easily divided.


On Apr 1, 2003, louisenh wrote:

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.