Hosta 'Blue Ice'

Registered in 1987 by Dr. Ralph (Herb) Benedict as a hybrid of H. 'Dorset Blue' and H. 'Blue Moon'. It forms a small (8 inches high) mound of deep blue foliage that is heavily corrugated, cupped and has thick substance. Very pale lavender flowers bloom in August.

The Hosta Handbook by Mark Zilis (2000), says that this plant falls into a category of "cultivars that exhibit many Tardiana traits but are not a part of Eric Smith's original group."

According to The Hostapedia by Mark Zilis (2009), "It stands as the first thick-substanced, blue-leaved hosta in the small size category of any note. Unfortunately, it has an extremely slow growth rate, taking many years (ten or more) to reach my listed sizes."

Similar cultivars include H. 'Blue Beard' and H. 'Winsome Blue'.

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