Hosta 'Blue Cadet'

This cultivar was originated by Florence Shaw of Massachusetts and registered by Paul Aden in 1974 as an open-pollinated seedling of H. 'Tokudama' (possibly a cross with Hosta nakaiana according to The Hostapedia by Mark Zilis (2009)). It forms a dense, medium size (15 inches high by 38 inches wide) mound of heart shaped leaves with slight corrugation and is fast growing with purple lavender flowers in July. The foliage starts the season blue-green but fades to dark green by late summer.

According to The Hostapedia by Mark Zilis (2009), "This Paul Aden cultivar can be thought of as the archetype of the "dense, medium-size mound of heart-shaped, blue-green foliage" class of hostas."


This is one of an increasing number of cultivars which has been found to be susceptible to Hosta Virus X. As research continues, a greater number of cultivars are being reported where at least one plant has been confirmed to have been infected. Of course, this does NOT mean that you should not grow this hosta. Only that you should learn more about this potential problem and be on the look out for it in your garden and at the plant nursery.

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