H. 'Blue Angel' is a giant size (36 inches high by 70 inches wide) plant which is usually included in any list of the top
blue hosta cultivars. The blue-green foliage is slightly
corrugated, broadly ovate-oblong shaped and has thick substance.
It often fades to dark green by the end of the season. The near-white,
flowers bloom in dense clusters from late June into July
followed by viable seeds.
It is another of the many hostas
Florence Shaw and registered
on her behalf by
Paul Aden of New York (1986). 'Blue Angel' was registered as having originated from a
cross of two unnamed seedlings. The species,
appears to be in its genetic background but the narrow, more pointed leaves also
shows influence by H. montana.
The Hostapedia by Mark Zilis (2009), this cultivar "...has become the premier large
blue-green hosta cultivar. It can be used in a variety of ways
in the landscape, including as a ground cover, in small groups,
or as a specimen plant. Though it is not a great breeding plant,
it has been the source of many outstanding sports."
Field Guide to Hostas by Mark Zilis (2014), "...lack of pod formation limits its usefulness as a
breeding plant...Its first sport, 'Green Angel', came
tissue culture in the mid-1980s and was the first
to demonstrate the possibility that blue-leaved hostas
could sport green-leaved versions."
The New Encyclopedia of Hostas by
Grenfell (2009) states: "Among the best large, blue-leaved hostas for
gardens in warmer climates. Tolerates quite dry soil
when fully established. If carefully sited, it almost
attains the bluest category. A classic hosta."
has appeared in several of the Popularity Polls by members of
The American Hosta Society. It has also been awarded the Royal Horticultural
Society's Award of Garden Merit in the
Hosta Journal, Vol. 37 No. 2 - 2006, contained an
article in which several
hostaphiles were asked to give a brief list of their
hosta flowers. This plant was included in that list.