Hosta 'Blue Angel'

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, funnel shape flowers bloom in dense clusters from late June into July followed by viable seeds.

It is another of the many hostas originated by Florence Shaw of Massachusetts 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, H. sieboldiana, appears to be in its genetic background but the narrow, more pointed leaves also shows influence by H. montana.

According to 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."

From the 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 out of 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 Diana 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."

This cultivar 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 UK.

The Hosta Journal, Vol. 37 No. 2 -  2006, contained an article in which several hostaphiles were asked to give a brief list of their favorite hosta flowers. This plant was included in that list.


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