Hosta 'Dancing Mouse'

This sport of H. 'Blue Mouse Ears' is from Marco Fransen of Fransen Hostas in the Netherlands. The leaves have a wavy border on this miniature size plant that bears lavender flowers. In July, it bears clusters of pale purple flowers but is sterile so does not produce seeds.

Warren I. Pollock wrote comments about the many sports of H. 'Blue Mouse Ears' (which he termed BME) in The Hosta Journal (2012 Vol. 43 No. 2). He stated, "Last year, Mark Zilis registered 'Ruffled Mouse Ears', which has wavy blue-green leaves. Possibly it's 'Dancing Mouse' without variegation."

Pollock added: "Recently, Marco Fransen introduced 'Dancing Mouse'. Its blue-green leaves have a wavy yellowish-green border that darkens to pale green as the season progresses. He states that the ruffled margins and unusual color combination make it different from others in the series...(Is 'Dancing Mouse' a variegated 'Ruffled Mouse Ears'?)"

An article by Warren I. Pollack in The Hosta Journal  (2020 Vol. 51 No. 1) titled Doppelgänger Hostas: Fancy Name for Look-alike Hostas, included a long list of hostas which various hostaphiles, published articles or other sources have indicated "look" the same. Some of these are, in fact, the same plant with two or more different names. Others are hostas that vary in some minor trait which is not immediately discernable to the casual observer such as seasonal color variations, bloom traits, ploidy, etc. So, as Warren mentions, hostaphiles may differ as to the plants listed but then, their opinions are based on visual observations and interpretations.

H. 'Dancing Mouse' and H. 'Ruffled Mouse Ears'.

The Hosta Journal (2012 Vol. 43 No 2) in an article by Warren I. Pollock (pg. 16) listed the following:

Mouse Ears Series of Hostas

Plain Colored Leaves
Blue-Green Center, Creamy Yellow or White Margin
Blue-Green Center, White Margin
Creamy Yellow or White Center, Blue-Green Margin
White Center All Season, Blue-Green Margin
Streaked Leaves
Unusual Variegation

Copyright© 2000 -