Pic of the Day--Blue Mouse Ears

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Pic of the Day--Blue Mouse Ears

Postby Hank Zumach » Dec 13, 2007 11:36 am

Hi All--I have lost track of just how many hosta varieties are available now. I believe it is in the vicinity of 4000. With so many varieties available, it is easy to imagine why some have trouble passing the "10 foot rule". That certainly is not the case with today's plant, Blue Mouse Ears. Oh, you might have a bit of a problem spotting the plant at all from a distance since it is such a tiny thing. But once it comes into view, the hostaholic is sure to recognize it. We have had Blue Mouse Ears since 2002, growing in a spot that gets mostly filtered light. It has grown very steadily, but very slowly, even for a plant with a registered mature size of 9x5. In our garden it has measured 5x2, 6x3, 7x3, 7x4, 11x5, and 14x5. The photos are from 2003, 2004 and 2006.

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MyHostas - http://myhostas.be/db/hostas/Blue+Mouse+Ears
Hosta Library - http://www.hostalibrary.org/b/bluemouseears.html

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Postby GrannyNanny » Dec 13, 2007 8:28 pm

That last pic looks the way BME is supposed to look when mature. I have two of them, and they've grown steadily too. For a little plant, it seems to be pretty hardy and sturdy. Phyllis
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Postby LucyGoose » Dec 13, 2007 8:54 pm

I love BME!! And anyone who sees it here likes it too....Great last pic, Hank! Thanks!! :snow:
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Postby hummingbird » Dec 13, 2007 9:22 pm

Yup a darling lil cutie !
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Postby largosmom » Dec 13, 2007 9:40 pm

Yup, you just want to pinch it, it's so cute!

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Postby Pieter » Dec 14, 2007 2:15 am

I got BME last year as a 3-eyed plant, presumably TC. I divided it in three (surprise, surprise) and one of those had FIVE eyes this spring, another 3 and the last remained a single. For me it's been a very pleasant surprise in terms of its vigour, I can't wait to see what spring brings for these little guys, without doubt one of my favourites.
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Postby eastwood2007 » Dec 14, 2007 5:34 am

One of my favorites. Mine is in a spot I pass by frequently and I cherished it each time I saw it. It has definitely paid me back the money I spent on it! Oh, and the flowers..... !
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Postby Pieter » Dec 14, 2007 9:21 am

I KNOW! Aren't the flowers just the cutest, such a nice, unique cupped flower.... Tried to get some seeds off mine this year, but no such luck. Suggestions have been made that TC'd BME does not set seed easily, whereas OS apparently does set seed more readily. Mine's definitely a TC....but I'll keep trying in years to come.

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Postby mum2knm » Dec 14, 2007 9:25 am

Oh another cutie to add to my wish list!
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Postby newtohosta-no more » Dec 14, 2007 9:29 am

I just love this sturdy little cutie! The scapes, flowers, leaves.....they are all in such wonderful proportion. Definitely a winner. Love that last pic of it, Hank! :D
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Postby MollyD » Dec 14, 2007 10:26 am

Hank I read that it grows into a small to medium size hosta. Is this accurate? I have mine with other mini's for now and wondered if the time will come when it will need to be moved.

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Postby Hank Zumach » Dec 14, 2007 12:51 pm

Molly--I have not heard of that before. It seems very unlikely considering how it has grown in the gardens of the folks who have posted messages here.
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Postby Chris_W » Dec 14, 2007 3:16 pm

It is a great plant with a lot of appeal, even to the non-collectors :D

Yes, this is not really considered a mini hosta any longer as most untouched plants are growing larger than a mini. It will likely be a small hosta, but I really don't see it becoming a medium sized clump. My oldest plant is getting pretty big but I haven't taken any measurements. I don't think it could fall into the mini category any longer, though.

When it was registered it was listed as a second generation division from a 12 year old plant, so I believe that means it was a division of a division that was 9" x 5".

There are a lot of TC sports coming out of this one, and the Deckerts want the ones they have sanctioned to retain the "mouse ears" moniker so the names will all be in the family (Green Mouse Ears, Royal Mouse Ears, Frosted Mouse Ears, Holy Mouse Ears). Hans Hansen/Shady Oaks also introduced a chartreuse centered sport they found in TC as H. 'Cat and Mouse' that is being released this year (I'm sure you've all seen these in various catalogs - we hope to start offering them in 2009).
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Postby MollyD » Dec 14, 2007 4:24 pm

Thanks Hank and Chris,

Seems I will eventually have to move it to a different spot since it will have outgrown it's allotted spot at some point!

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Postby thy » Dec 14, 2007 8:30 pm

Think it is just the cutest hosta in the World... others are more impressive, special and... but this is the cutest :wink:

Thanks for the lovely pics every one

Did you know this one grow fine in 95% dark shade :o I do not dare to put in the last 5% caurse it might get some reflection light

I tell you I saw it in the spring... but then June and Halcyon had a growing game...and by midsummer.. you had to lift leafs to see it... I hardly dared the first time... but it is growing fine..lacking a bit of wax, but why should it make wax.. it is perfectly protected :wink:

No flowers on that one ..darn I need space or find new homes for some hostas :roll:
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