Hosta 'Blue Cadet'

This cultivar was originated by Florence Shaw of Massachusetts and registered by Paul Aden of New York in 1974 as an open-pollinated seedling of H. 'Tokudama' (possibly a cross with H. 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 followed by viable seeds. The foliage starts the season blue-green but fades to dark green by late summer.

Note: I am not exactly sure why, but this cultivar was re-registered in 2010 with Paul Aden as the originator and registrant.

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."

The New Encyclopedia of Hostas by Diana Grenfell (2009) states: "A vigorous, rapid increaser. A wonderful breeding plant and the parent of several miniature hostas introducing a blue cast to their leaves...Magnificent display of flowers atop the symmetrical mound. Good autumn color."


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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