Hosta 'Blue Angel'

Hosta 'Blue Angel' is a giant size (32 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.

It is another of the many hostas originated by Florence Shaw and registered by Paul Aden (1986). 'Blue Angel' was registered as having originated from a cross of two unnamed seedlings. The species, Hosta sieboldiana, appears to be in its genetic background but the narrow, more pointed leaves also shows influence by Hosta 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."

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.


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