Hosta Blue Angel
Hosta x 'Blue Angel'
Deep Blue Leaves Blue Angel Hosta
Large, deep blue foliage has near-white flowers in June and July making this slug-resistant Hosta an impressive landscape plant.
Giant, heart-shaped, blue green leaves are of heavy substance which makes them more slug resistant. One of the largest of the blue hostas, Blue Angel makes a dramatic 4 foot centerpiece.
Easily grown in evenly moist, organically rich, well-drained soils in part shade to full shade. Best in part shade (some morning sun or sun dappled conditions). Established plants have some tolerance for dry shade (particularly plants with thick leaves), but soils should never be allowed to dry out. Full size and quality form are best achieved with consistent moisture. Water is best applied directly to the soil beneath the leaves. Divide plants as needed in spring or autumn. Division is usually easiest in early spring before the leaves unfurl. Plant in locations protected from wind. Hosta is a genus of about 70 species of shade-loving, rhizomatous, clump-forming, herbaceous perennials which are native to open woodlands, woodland margins and glades in Japan, Korea, China and eastern Russia. Hostas are primarily grown for their ornamental foliage. Stalked, conspicuously-veined, often dense, basal leaves in a variety of shapes, sizes, colors and textures rise up from a central rhizomatous crown to form a rounded to spreading mound of foliage. Bell or funnel-shaped flowers in terminal, mostly one-sided racemes bloom in late spring or summer atop vertical, unbranched, usually leafless but frequently bracted scapes which rise upward from the crown or rootstock to a point often well above the foliage mound. Genus name honors Austrian botanist Nicholas Thomas Host (1761-1834) and was first established in 1812. The genus was subsequently renamed in 1817 as Funkia in honor of botanist Heinrich Christian Funk under the belief at that time that Hosta was an invalid name. Hosta was finally reinstated as the genus name in 1905 by the International Botanical Congress. Funkia remains a popular common name today in some areas. An additional common name for plants in this genus is plantain lily (foliage is somewhat plantain-like and flowers are somewhat lily-like in some species). Hosta Blue Angel is a giant, blue-leaved hosta that grows in a mound to 36″ tall and to 48″ wide. It is the result of a cross between H. ‘Aden 365’ and H. ‘Aden 361’. It features thick, heavy-textured, slightly convex, wide-oval, blue-green leaves (to 16″ by 12″) with light marginal undulations, ribbed veins, cuspidate tips and cordate bases. Best blue foliage color occurs in light shade with tolerance for some morning sun. Bell-shaped, pale lavender to white flowers bloom in a dense raceme in mid-summer atop an erect, leafy, gray-green scape rising to 48″ tall. This is one of the largest of the blue-leaved hostas. Aden 1986.